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Swayman’s 42 saves lead the Bruins to the Predators 2-0 – CBS Boston

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Jeremy Swayman made 42 saves, Jake DeBrusk and Brandon Carlo scored, and the Boston Bruins beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 Thursday night.

Swayman’s departure was the first game of the season and the third in the rookie’s NHL career. After stopping 26 shots in the first two rounds, Swayman was tested in the third round.

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Among his best saves in the final came when he rejected Matt Duchene from the slot with the Predators for a power play.

He also blocked the Colton Sissons’ diversion with about three minutes left, helping Boston to its second win in three games.

Juuse Saros made 31 saves for Nashville, including two-thirds of them.

DeBrusk scored his first goal at 14:38 of the opening half. With Bruins power play, he hit a wrist shot from above the left-facing circle past Saros and just below the crossbar at short range.

Boston has scored four goals in the last three games with 10 chances.

Carlo adds 30 seconds to the second. Former Predator player Erik Haula was forced to turn around and shoot inside the Nashville penalty area and hit a pass for Carlo from a high position. He slipped to the right and hit Saros with a slap in the face of the club.

FAITH BACK

Bruins wing Craig Smith played his first road game in Nashville on Thursday. Smith played the first 661 games of his NHL career with the Predators, the team that sent him into the 4th round (98th overall) in the 2009 Draft.

During the first episode’s media wait, Predator played a tribute video of Smith’s on- and off-ice accomplishments during his time in Nashville. At the end of the video, players from both teams tap their sticks on the ice and board, and Smith skates to the center of the field to thank the cheering Bridgestone Arena fans.

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With Brad Marchand sidelined for the second of three games suspended on Thursday, the Bruins sewed a captain A shirt over Smith’s shirt for the game.

Smith signed with the Bruins as a free agent before the start of last season.

HALL 700

Taylor Hall skated in her 700th career NHL game on Thursday. After working in Edmonton, New Jersey, Arizona and Buffalo, Hall is in his first full season with the Bruins.

ZBORIL HURT

Boston defender Jakub Zboril was forced to leave the game at 4:46 of the second half with a lower body injury after being hit on the right flank by Nashville’s Tanner Jeannot in the neutral zone. Zboril was helped out of the ice and did not put any weight on his right leg when he got out. The Bruins have announced that he will not be returning to action due to a lower back injury.

NEW THREADS

Predator unveiled their Navy Stadium Series jerseys ahead of Thursday night’s game. The Predator wore navy blue as their dark jersey from their entry into the 1998 tournament until they switched to their current yellow at the start of the 2011-12 season.

WHAT NEXT

The Predators host the Montreal Canadianiens on Saturday.
Boston returns home to host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

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