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Boston 6, Nashville 2
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Referees: Tom Chmielewski, Chris Lee
Linesmen: Trent Knorr, Andrew Smith
Attendance: 17623

David Pastrnak scored his NHL-leading 32nd goal of the season and goaltender Tuukka Rask made 33 saves as the Boston Bruins defeated host Nashville 6-2 Tuesday night, spoiling the debut of Predators coach John Hynes.

Hynes, who started the season behind the New Jersey Devils' bench before being dismissed Dec. 3, was named coach earlier in the day after the Predators fired coach Peter Laviolette and associate coach Kevin McCarthy on Monday.

Danton Heinen, Patrice Bergeron, Chris Wagner, David Krejci and Charlie Coyle also scored for the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins, who won for the first time in their past four games (1-1-2).

Filip Forsberg and Mikael Granlund scored power-play goals for the Predators, who are 1-4-1 in their past six games. Goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 30 of 35 shots.

The Predators were 2 for 7 on the power play, but couldn't capitalize on a two-man advantage late in the third period. The Bruins, meanwhile, scored four goals, including two in the final minute.

Pastrnak opened the scoring at 1:36 of the first period, taking a pass from Charlie McAvoy in his own zone and skating all the way up the right wing into the Predators' end before firing a shot from the top of the faceoff circle that snuck between Rinne and the near post. It extended Pastrnak's point streak to 11 games (six goals, 10 assists).

The score remained 1-0 until Heinen scored at 8:21 off the second of Matt Grzelcyk's two assists.

Forsberg pulled Nashville within 2-1 with a power-play goal at 10:54 of the second. Defenseman Roman Josi got the secondary assist, extending his point streak to 11 games (seven goals, 12 assists).

Bergeron scored on the power play at 17:42, taking a pass from Jake DeBrusk behind the net, to give Boston a 3-1 lead going into the third.

Wagner scored at 2:51 of the third to make it 4-1, but Granlund scored his goal with a man advantage at 18:06 of the third, pulling the Predators within 4-2.

Krejci and Coyle scored in the final minute to ice the win.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Boston   Nashville
Charlie Coyle 2 Points Filip Forsberg 2
Charlie Coyle 1 Goals Filip Forsberg 1
Matt Grzelcyk 2 Assists Filip Forsberg 1
Patrice Bergeron 1 Power Play Goals Filip Forsberg 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Tuukka Rask .943 Save Percentage Pekka Rinne .857
Tuukka Rask 33 Saves Pekka Rinne 30
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Boston 36 6 1-3 5-7 21 39
Nashville 35 2 2-7 2-3 13 31
Upcoming Games
  • Nashville will play their next game on the road against Chicago. The Predators have a W/L % of .450 after a win and .455 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game at home against Winnipeg. The Bruins have a W/L % of .720 after a win and .368 after a loss.