Taylor Hall’s OT goal lifts the Red-hot Bruins over the Predators, 4-3


They won their fifth move and have been 8-1 since New Year’s Day.

Taylor Hall celebrates its winning goal in overtime on Saturday. Winslow Townson / AP Image

BOSTON (AP) – Taylor Hall scored a rebound from David Pastrnak’s shot 1:41 inside overtime, lifting the red-hot Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over Western Conference-leading Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Pastrnak took a shot from the right circle and the puck slid behind Saros, where Hall poked it in to the game winner.

Brad Marchand, Craig Smith and Mike Reilly also scored for the Bruins, who won their fifth move and have been 8-1 since New Year’s Day. Linus Ullmark made 26 saves.

Colton Sissons, Luke Kunin and Ramon Josi each had a goal for Nashville, who have lost just three times in regulation in their last 18 games (13-3-2). Juuse Saros made 40 saves for the Predators.

Marchand’s power play goal – a rising wrist shot over Saros’ glove in the top right corner from the right circle – had pushed Boston ahead 3-2 just 3:50 into the third period, but Josi equalized after a turnover from Pastrnak.

Marchand reached 20 goals for the ninth season in a row and for the second time this week had a bloody nose and scored. On Monday, he got a broken nose in a win in Washington, but scored twice after the injury.

In the second period on Saturday, Marchand took what appeared to be an unintentional elbow, from Josi to the nose along the boards, sending Boston dazed to the ice. He had put gauze up in the nostrils on the bench, but returned for his next shift.

After 2-0, the Predators scored late in the opening period and equalized as Kunin slipped a low wrist shot of Ullmark 7:32 into the second period.

Sissons had cut Nashville’s deficit in half as he skated across from the left circle into the gap before firing a wrist into the net.

Smith gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 3:20 into the match against his former team as he hit Saros with a wrist over the glove from the right circle.

Reilly picked up a cross-ice pass from Erik Haula, cut across the fold and lifted a backhander into the net 4:17 later.


Predator defender Mark Borowiecki returned after missing the previous match with an undisclosed lower body injury and winger Yakov Trenin was back after missing two matches due to the COVID-19 protocol, but Filip Forsberg was put off the protocol for his fourth move.

For Boston, defenders Matt Grzelcyk and Connor Clifton both remain in the protocol and were out. Strikers Nick Foligno and Trent Frederic both remained on the sidelines with undisclosed injuries, but defender Derek Forbort returned from protocol.

REMARKS: Saros had 11 wins in the Predators’ previous 17 games, the best stretch of a goalkeeper in the league in that time. . It was the Bruins’ third game in four days, all at home. … Boston won the second meeting between the teams this season, 2-0 in Nashville on December 2nd. … Smith had 162 goals and 330 points in 661 games with the Predators from 2011-20.


Predators: At St. Louis on Monday.

Bruins: Been to Carolina Tuesday.

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