BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand tried to poke the puck through the defender's legs and then, to his surprise, found that he still had the puck.
The Bruins forward took a couple of more strides and wristed it into the net, giving the Bruins a 3-2 overtime victory over the Nashville Predators.
"He was shocked that it worked," Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Marchand's goal 54 seconds into overtime. "Give him credit for that and he was smart enough to throw it at the net. Maybe I was a little surprised, too."
Jarome Iginla and Johnny Boychuk also scored in regulation for Boston, and Marchand faked out Predators forward Mike Fisher at the point to score the game-winner. That gave goalie Niklas Svedberg a victory in his NHL debut.
"Fish knows better than that," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "He can't play as light on guys one-on-one as that."
Svedberg stopped 33 shots for Boston, which avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season. Julien said the 24-year-old rookie would go back to the team's AHL affiliate in Providence, R.I., but "he's a guy we need to keep an eye on."
"Ever since I started playing, this is where I wanted to be. So I'm real happy with this win," Svedberg said. "It's just one game but it's real fun to get the win in my first game."
Svedberg had been scheduled to play last weekend, but he was sent back to Providence so the Bruins could call up a defenseman after Zdeno Chara needed a night off. Svedberg's mother flew in from Sweden for that game, but his parents couldn't get a flight to Boston this time.
"It was a little bit too short of a timeline," he said. "So they were all watching TV back in Sweden."
Viktor Stalberg and Shea Weber scored for Nashville, and Marek Mazanec made 22 saves as the Predators lost for the first time in three games.