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Legwand does it all as Predators top Bruins

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Victories have been elusive of

late for the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins. The

Nashville Predators have had no such trouble.

David Legwand scored twice in regulation before netting the

decisive goal in the shootout as the Predators skated to a 3-2

triumph over the Bruins on Saturday.

Pekka Rinne made 23 saves for Nashville, which has won six of

its last eight games.

Rookie Blake Wheeler and captain Zdeno Chara tallied for Boston,

which has lost a season-high four in a row (0-2-2).

Still looking to become the first 40-win team this season, the

Bruins fell behind in this one as Legwand opened the scoring

with 5:36 remaining in the first period.

Jordin Tootoo, who returned to the lineup after missing seven

games with a hand injury, unleashed a slap shot from along the

left wing boards. With Manny Fernandez screened, Legwand tipped

the puck past the goaltender for his 13th goal of the season.

The second overall selection of the 1998 draft, Legwand doubled

the lead with 7:36 to go in the second. While teammate Steve

Sullivan served a hooking penalty, the 28-year-old Legwand

received a pass from the top of the slot by Joel Ward and

one-timed it past Fernandez from the right faceoff circle for

his third shorthander of the campaign.

Legwand, who has recorded a pair of multi-goal performances in

2008-09, entered the season with four career shorthanded

tallies.

Wheeler began Boston's comeback 61 seconds later, grabbing a

loose puck in the low slot and backhanding it by Rinne for his

16th goal.

The rookie Rinne maintained the slim advantage by forcing David

Krejci to miss the net during a shorthanded breakaway less than

eight minutes into the third. But with Fernandez pulled for an

extra attacker, the Bruins got the equalizer with 76 seconds

remaining.

After defenseman Dennis Wideman prevented Nashville from

clearing the puck from its zone, Patrice Bergeron gained

possession behind the net. He threw it in front to Chara, who

had his first shot stopped but buried the rebound for his 13th

of the season.

Neither team was able to end it in overtime, even though the

Predators received a power play thanks to a holding infraction

on former Nashville defenseman Shane Hnidy.

Wheeler gave Boston an early edge in the shootout, deking and

sliding the puck under Rinne's right pad with just one hand on

his stick. Vernon Fiddler put a backhander off the right

goalpost on the Predators' first attempt and Sullivan was denied

by Fernandez before Martin Erat fired the puck just under the

crossbar in the third round to keep alive Nashville's hopes.

After Rinne made a glove save on Phil Kessel, Legwand lifted a

backhander past Fernandez to clinch the win and help the

Predators remain the only unbeaten team in the NHL when leading

after one period at 13-0-0.

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