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Marchand lifts Bruins to OT win over Preds

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brad Marchand netted the game-winner 54 seconds into overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday at TD Garden.

Less than a minute into the extra session, Marchand picked up the puck at the left point and stepped around a defender before throwing a low shot on net that snuck through a screen and found the back of the cage to snap the Bruins' two-game slide.

"I just wanted to get it on net," Marchand said. "Luckily it went in."

Jarome Iginla and Johnny Boychuk each lit the lamp in regulation for the Bruins, who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season thanks in large part to a solid NHL debut from goaltender Niklas Svedberg.

The 24-year-old Swede stopped 33 shots to backstop the triumph.

Shea Weber recorded a goal and an assist, while Viktor Stalberg scored once for the Predators, who had won their last two games.

Marek Mazanec allowed all three goals on 25 shots in defeat.

Stalberg broke the scoreless deadlock with 1:56 left in the second before Boston scored back-to-back goals in the third to grab the lead.

Boychuk brought the Bruins even 4:55 into the final frame when he blasted a one-timer from the high slot that sailed past Mazanec.

With just over 7 1/2 minutes left in regulation, David Krejci forced a turnover in the neutral zone, allowing Milan Lucic to pick up the puck and carry it into the Nashville zone.

From the outer edge of the left circle, Lucic feathered a pass to the front of the net for a cutting Iginla, who got inside position on his defender and tapped the puck in as he crashed into the net to make it 2-1 at 12:29.

However, Weber answered with a heavy slapper from the high slot off a long rebound to tie the contest with 5:25 left in regulation.

"I thought we played a solid road game and did some real good things," said Nashville's Mike Fisher, who finished with two assists. "You want the two [points] always, but we build on it."

A scoreless first frame saw Mazanec make 11 saves, while Svedberg turned aside eight shots.

Game Notes

Boychuk's goal was his second of the season and first in 19 games ... Nashville dropped to 15-1-3 when scoring the first goal ... Boston hasn't dropped three straight tilts since Games 4, 5 and 6 of last spring's Stanley Cup Finals loss to the Chicago Blackhawks ... Boston improved to 17-4-2 at home this season ... Boston's Dougie Hamilton returned from a 10-game absence and posted an assist ... Svedberg was assigned to Providence of the American Hockey League following the victory.

01/03 00:00:21 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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