NASHVILLE, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Mike Knuble scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and Byron Dafoe made 27 saves Saturday night as the Boston Bruins ended a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators.
Knuble broke a 1-1 deadlock with 10:50 to play. He skated from his own blue line and around two Nashville defensemen before lifting a wrist shot from the top of the crease over goaltender Tomas Vokoun's shoulder.
Making his first start since a 1-1 tie in Phoenix on Tuesday night, Dafoe made two key saves with two minutes left to preserve his fourth win of the season.
Dafoe stopped a point-blank backhander by Scott Harnell with 90 seconds left and found Greg Johnson's slap shot through traffic, deflecting it over the net.
The Bruins took a 1-0 lead 3:50 into the second period on a power-play goal by Joe Thornton. He tried to send a pass from the goal line to the low slot, but defenseman Bill Houlder slid to block it and ended up knocking the puck into the net.
Nashville finally got on the board four minutes into the third period. Rookie Martin Erat set up Denis Arkhipov, who was trailing the play, with a pass to the low slot. Arkhipov scored on a wrist shot that slipped just wide of Dafoe's glove.
Vokoun stopped 41 shots but remained winless at 0-1-2. Nashville's drought reached four games as the Predators fell to 1-4-2-0, their worst start since their expansion season of 1998-99.
This was the third time in six games the Bruins had fired at least 40 shots on goal.