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Glen Metropolit scored a pair of third-period goals and Tim Thomas stopped 37 shots Tuesday night to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators.
Marco Sturm also scored his team-leading 17th goal for the Bruins, who posted their fifth win in seven games.
Alexander Radulov scored for the Predators and J.P. Dumont collected an assist, extending the league's longest current active point streak to 15 games.
With the game tied 1-all, Metropolit broke in down the right wing, faked a shot, pulled the puck back and shifted around defenseman Greg Zanon before slipping a wrister between goalie Chris Mason's pads 5:54 into the third period for what turned out to be the game-winner. He added an insurance goal by slipping a wrist shot inside the left with at 15:57. Mason made 25 saves.
After a fairly uneventful and scoreless opening period, things got interesting in the second.
Dumont came flying in down the middle, attempting to collect a pass en route to the net, and crashed over Thomas without appearing to slow up. The Bruins goalie rolled over and began throwing punches at Dumont, who was whistled for goaltender interference. Jason Arnott was also given an unsportsmanlike conduct minor, giving Boston a two-man, power-play advantage.
The Bruins made it 1-0 during the advantage when Sturm banged home a cross-ice pass from David Krejci at 9:05 of the second.
Thomas made a diving stick save on Rich Peverley, who collected a rebound at the left edge of the crease with 3:17 left in the second.
Dumont centered a pass to Radulov, who one-timed a shot past Thomas, tying the game with 51 seconds left in the period.
This program aired on January 30, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.
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