Weber scores as Predators beat Bruins 4-3 in OT

The Associated Press
Friday, March 18, 2011; 12:01 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators finally got a win in overtime.

Just when they needed it, too.

Shea Weber scored a power-play goal with 1:23 left in overtime, and the Predators beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 Thursday night, getting two crucial points to stay just outside the eighth spot in the Western Conference.

Steven Kampfer was penalized for holding Mike Fisher 2:59 into overtime. Weber scored off a pass from Ryan Suter and Nashville won for the first time in overtime this season. The Predators' previous six victories past regulation all came in the shootout.

"Overtime has not been kind to the Nashville Predators, so that was huge for us," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "It was a huge two points. You talk about a character win."

Nashville won for the third time in four games.

"We definitely needed that," Nashville center Colin Wilson said. "With how close the race is, every point counts. So to get that extra one was a big deal for us."

David Legwand's goal tied it at 10:56 of the third period, and he also had an assist on the game winner. Wilson and Sergei Kostitsyn each had a goal and an assist. Patric Hornqvist got a game misconduct late in the first period for elbowing Tyler Seguin.

Patrice Bergeron put Boston up 3-2 with his goal 1:42 into the third. Seguin and David Krejci also scored for Boston.

The Bruins were playing the first of two games with center Brad Marchand suspended by the NHL for an elbow to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets center R.J. Umberger. They now are 1-2-3, having lost five of the last six.

"We have to get sharper in our decision making because right now it is becoming too costly for us," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.

This game featured two top candidates for the Vezina Trophy in goalies Tim Thomas of Boston and Nashville's Pekka Rinne. Thomas came in with the league's best save percentage and goals against average with Rinne second in both categories.

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