By Joe Haggerty
NASHVILLE The Bruins needed to reclaim some momentum after snapping their four-game losing streak on Tuesday night, but they couldnt follow up with a win on Thursday.
With Brad Marchand unavailable due to suspension and facing a Nashville Predators team still exhibiting a healthy amount ofplayoff desperation, the Bruins did just enough to net a point but lost in overtime on Shea Webbers power play game-winner, 4-3.
The Bs and Preds were tied after each of the first two periods,and Patrice Bergeron potted his first goal since the end of February in the third period for what appeared to be the difference-maker. But the Preds fought back and evened it up in the final halfof the third period when David Legwand scored on a third-effort goal after Tuukka Rask had executed amazing stops on the first two bids.
The Predators caught the Bruins sleeping when MartinErat stepped out of the penalty box and behind a B's line change tostart the breakaway charge into the offensive zone. Aside from Steve Kampferlooking to block a shot in front, there wasnt another Bruin defender within a mile of the net as Nashville pressed for the tying goal. Rask lost his cool after Legwand scored and threw his stick up high in the air in frustration.
"We need sharpness as far as how we think the game right now. We're making some poor decisions mentally," said coach Claude Julien. "It's more mental than physical because I think our team battled hard tonight."
The Bs will wrap up the road trip Saturday night against the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.Rask dropped to 10-13-1 on the season with the loss, and wasnt quite up to his game-stealing standards that he displayed Tuesday night in Columbus. He allowed a soft goal to former BU standout Colin Wilson in the opening minutes of the second period, dropping the Bruins into a 2-1 hole.
Tyler Seguin flashed some impressive offensive skill in the first to pot his 11th goal of the season while snapping a seven-game pointless drought, and David Krejci knocked home a rebound score in the second period to match two Nashville strikes in between. Joe Haggerty can be reached at email@example.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs