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Predators' late goal cools Bruins

BOSTON — Viktor Arvidsson scored with 4:56 left, Roman Josi had two goals and the Predators beat the Bruins 3-2 Monday night.

Kevan Miller and Loui Eriksson scored for Boston. The Bruins had collected at least one point in each of their previous eight games (6-0-2).

Boston's Jonas Gustavsson made 30 saves in a matchup of backup goaltenders. Carter Hutton stopped 15 shots.

Arvidsson came flying down the left wing, circled around Miller and shifted around Gustavsson to score the tiebreaker.

With James Neal in the penalty box for embellishment midway into the second period, the Bruins moved ahead 2-1 when Eriksson redirected Ryan Spooner's cross-ice pass into the net from the edge of the crease eight seconds into the power play.

On Nashville's next power play, a pair of Bruins watched Josi skate past them down the right wing, and he cut in front of the net and slipped the puck behind Gustavsson 11 seconds into the man advantage.

EXPANSION DISCUSSED: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says there is no timetable to decide on expansion applications from Las Vegas and Quebec City. Bettman spoke Monday after the league's executive committee reviewed presentations from the two cities in a three-hour meeting, and then presented that information to the Board of Governors in Pebble Beach, Calif. Discussion now is about whether to expand at all, or if so how to proceed with it.

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First Period1, Boston, K.Miller 2 (Krejci, Beleskey), 4:13. 2, Nashville, Josi 6 (Ribeiro, Weber), 19:35 (pp). PenaltiesTrotman, Bos (holding), 13:30; Neal, Nas (slashing), 13:54; Forsberg, Nas (interference), 17:49; Marchand, Bos (interference), 17:49; Chara, Bos (high-sticking), 18:41.

Second Period3, Boston, Eriksson 10 (Spooner, Bergeron), 10:53 (pp). 4, Nashville, Josi 7, 11:20 (pp). PenaltiesJosi, Nas, major (fighting), 4:04; Marchand, Bos, major (fighting), 4:04; Nystrom, Nas, major (fighting), 6:13; Randell, Bos, major (fighting), 6:13; Forsberg, Nas (tripping), 6:38; Neal, Nas (embellishment), 10:44; Bergeron, Bos (hooking), 11:08; Marchand, Bos (interference), 13:44; Randell, Bos (boarding), 17:26.

Third Period5, Nashville, Arvidsson 3 (Hodgson, Weber), 15:04. PenaltiesRandell, Bos (tripping), 3:34; Connolly, Bos (goaltender interference), 11:21. Shots on GoalNashville 12-12-9—33. Boston 7-4-6—17. Power-play opportunitiesNashville 2 of 7; Boston 1 of 3. GoaliesNashville, Hutton 3-1-0 (17 shots-15 saves). Boston, Gustavsson 5-2-0 (33-30). A17,565 (17,565). T2:36.

Predators' late goal cools Bruins 12/07/15 [Last modified: Monday, December 7, 2015 10:28pm]
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