Final: Predators, 3-2 (SO)


Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara clicked to help the Bruins claim one point. (Mark Humphrey/AP)

The Bruins avoided losing a season-high third straight game in regulation, tying the score with 1:16 remaining in regulation when Zdeno Chara put a six-on-five goal past Pekka Rinne.

In the shootout, Martin Erat and David Legwand beat Manny Fernandez. Rinne was beaten by Blake Wheeler, but shut down Patrice Bergeron, P.J. Axelsson, and Phil Kessel.

“OK,” Claude Julien said of the effort. “OK because I don’t think we had everybody going tonight. But hopefully we can look at it as getting a valuable point in this kind of game.”

* Manny Fernandez, appearing in his second game after missing a month with back spasms, said he’s getting back to form. But he still doesn’t feel as sharp as he was earlier in the season when he was getting regular action. Fernandez was particularly displeased with Legwand’s shorthanded goal, noting that he didn’t even read that the forward was in the corner.


* Kessel had a chance late in overtime to give the Bruins the victory. But Rinne stretched out his right pad to stuff Kessel’s breakaway, which came with under 10 seconds remaining in OT.

* Bergeron, who set up Chara’s game-tying goal, credited Dennis Wideman for starting the play. Ryan Suter tried to fling a pass out of the zone, but Wideman got his stick on the defenseman’s clearing bid to keep the cycle going.

STICK SALUTE: Bergeron. Played his rough-but-clever game. Looked one way, then cut back for his game-tying dish to Chara. Has been playing like the pre-concussion Bergeron.

SIN BIN: Milan Lucic. Has to do a better job of denying Joel Ward during the shorthanded sequence that led to Legwand’s second goal. Had one shot and one hit in 16:27 of ice time.

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