Niklas Svedberg emerged victorious in his NHL debut, as the Boston Bruins knocked off the Nashville Predators in overtime Thursday night at the TD Garden, 3-2.
Svedberg was recalled from Providence and thrust into the spotlight against a physical, hard-charging Predator club. Coach Claude Julien had said he thought Svedberg deserved of a start and why not after a stellar 2012 season with the baby Bruins in addition to a breakout training camp.
The 24-year-old Swede turned aside 33 of the 35 shots directed his way and looked comfortable in doing so. More importantly the youngster’s efforts helped the Bruins avoid their first three game losing skid of the season.
Johnny Boychuk notched his first goal in the last 19 games and Jarome Iginla added his 13th of the year. Brad Marchand netted the game-winning tally, dangling past Predator blue liner Shea Weber and sniping his 10th marker of the season just 54 seconds into the extra frame.
In victory the Bruins improve 27-12-2. Nashville has not won on Boston ice since 2003 and in defeat is swept of the season series against the Bruins.
Boston will next host the Winnipeg Jets on January 4.