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Rapid Reaction: Bruins 5, Predators 3

BOSTON -- Brad Marchand and Loui Eriksson each scored a pair of goals as the Boston Bruins narrowly held on to beat the Nashville Predators, 5-3, Tuesday night at TD Garden.

It's the first time the Bruins have won back-to-back games since a three-game winning streak from Nov. 15-21. The win also snapped Nashville's winning streak of three games.

The Bruins' David Krejci also scored, while goaltender Tuukka Rask finished with 22 saves.

The Bruins didn't get Nashville's best since No. 1 goalie Pekka Rinne was given the night off after playing against the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday night. Predators backup Carter Hutton got the nod and made only his fourth start of the season. He finished with 20 saves.

The Bruins took an early 1-0 lead when they capitalized on a turnover just inside the Nashville blue line. Marchand gained control of the puck and quickly moved it to Bergeron, who delivered a perfect give-and-go with Marchand. His shot from the slot beat Hutton to the top left corner to give Boston a 1-0 lead at 2:01 of the first period. It was Marchand's ninth tally of the season.

Nashville stifled Boston's early momentum when the Predators tied the game at 1-1 at 7:35 of the opening period. The Predators' Colin Wilson easily broke in on Rask and beat the goaltender with a backhander to the top right corner.

Bruins coach Claude Julien hasn't been pleased with the team's lack of power-play opportunities this season, but Boston earned two in the first period, capitalizing on the second man-advantage when Krejci scored on a one-timer from the left faceoff circle to give Boston a 2-1 lead at 9:43.

Once again, that lead did not last long as the Predators' Calle Jarnkrok tied the game at 2-2 at 11:31. His shot from the left faceoff circle beat Rask under his stick-side arm, a goal he would want back.

Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski made an impact in the offensive zone, jumping into the play time and again. He was rewarded for his efforts when he served as the late trailer, received the puck from teammate Chris Kelly and made a nice pass to record the assist on Eriksson's goal to give Boston a 3-2 lead at 5:53 of the second period.

The Bruins continued to press and created strong pressure in the offensive zone with crisp passing that resulted in Marchand's second goal of the game and a two-goal lead at 10:51. Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller made a solid play at the point to get a shot on net before Bergeron redirected to Marchand, who was camped out on the off post for the tally. It was Marchand's 10th of the season.

Nashville cut its deficit to one when Taylor Beck scored at 6:48 of the third period. The puck was loose on the Boston blue line when Zdeno Chara failed to gain control, and Jarnkrok chipped it to Beck, who ripped a shot short side on Rask.

Nashville kept coming and the Bruins barely contained the pressure to hold on for the win. Eriksson added his second goal of the game, an empty-netter with 37.2 seconds remaining in regulation.

After Tuesday's league-wide action, the NHL will shut down for the next three days due to the mandatory holiday break. The Bruins will resume play Saturday against the Blue Jackets at Columbus.