BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins woke up after a sleepy second period and wound up winning a game 3-2 in overtime over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
Left winger Brad Marchand scored off a nifty move 54 seconds into the extra period, making a winner of goaltender Niklas Svedberg in his NHL debut.
The win allowed the Bruins to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.
Nashville had a two-game winning streak stopped and still got a point.
Down 1-0 and outshot 16-3 in the second period, the Bruins came out a different team in the third period. Goals by defenseman Johnny Boychuk, his first in 19 games, and right winger Jarome Iginla (No. 13) gave the Bruins the lead with 7:31 left.
Nashville defenseman Shea Weber, who assisted on his team's goal, tied the game with his 10th goal of the year with 5:25 left to send the game to overtime.
As he has done in the past, Boston coach Claude Julien elected to play three forwards and one defenseman in the 4-on-4. On the second shift, Marchand made a great move to get around center Mike Fisher before beating goaltender Marek Mazanec with his 10th goal of the season.
Fisher set up both Nashville goals and has eight points in the last three games.
Svedberg, who made 33 saves, 15 of them in the second period, was supposed to debut last Saturday night at Ottawa. But a roster problem, created when defenseman Zdeno Chara couldn't play that night, forced the team to send Svedberg back to Providence.
Svedberg was severely tested early, but did get a break when right winger Craig Smith's power play slapper rang off the crossbar in the first period. The Bruins then got sloppy late in a second period that saw the visitors pile up a 16-3 shots advantage. Rookie defenseman Seth Jones went all the way before being stopped by Svedberg.
Then, a bad line change led to the first NHL goal allowed by Svedberg. Weber got the puck to center Mike Fisher, whose sharp-angle shot was stopped. The rebound came right out to Stalberg, who buried it at 18:04 of the second.
It was Stalberg's fifth goal of the season but first in eight games.
NOTES: D Dougie Hamilton (knee) and LW Carl Soderberg (head) returned to the Bruins' lineup. Soderberg missed the previous two games for what was believed to be a concussion, but he said he was not concussed. Hamilton missed the previous 10 games. ... The Predators signed D Jonathan Ismael-Diaby, a third-round pick in the 2013 draft, to a three-year entry-level contract. ... The Bruins began a stretch of five consecutive games and eight of the next nine against the Western Conference. They host the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday and then play five of their next six on the road, starting with three in California. ... The Predators opened a three-game road trip. They visit Florida to play the Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. ... Linesmen Lonnie Cameron and Mark Wheler, already working their second straight game in Boston, were told, because of the storm, to stay in Boston and work Saturday's game as well.