The Boston Bruins drummed up a timely answer in the third period to earn a 3-0 shutout win over the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night.

The Bruins widened their lead atop the Atlantic Division over the Florida Panthers (99 points) with a 44-17-15 (103 points) record while the Predators dropped to 43-28-4.

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The Bruins struggled to find the back of the net all night against the Predators. A power play should have been the right medicine for Boston’s offensive troubles, but it wasn’t.

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Instead, the Bruins going on the penalty kill turned out to be what they needed to score.

It looked like the Predators were in a great position to break a scoreless deadlock when they went on the man-advantage due to a Mason Lohrei hooking penalty with 8:27 left in the final frame. But the Bruins took over the game from that point on.

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And Boston’s problems with closing out games never surfaced, either. Perhaps third-period play will become a strong suit for the Bruins when they need it most.

— Charlie Coyle delivered the shorthanded goal with 6:42 left to put the Bruins in front. Coyle took a pass from Brad Marchand before going in all alone on Juuse Saros and beating the Nashville netminder’s top shelf.

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— Linus Ullmark was tremendous between the pipes for the Bruins. He made 32 stops, including some of the highlight-reel variety, in the win. It was his second shutout of the season, and he also tallied an assist on Coyle’s goal.

— Pavel Zacha provided an insurance goal exactly four minutes after Coyle scored. He also notched an assist on David Pastrnak’s empty-net goal for a two-point night.

FanDuel Sportsbook set the odds of Marchand registering an assist at +118. He came through on the penalty kill as a $100 wager on the prop bet would have netted a total of $228.

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The Bruins close out their six-game road trip Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Puck drop from PNC Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and you can watch the game, plus an hour of pregame coverage, on NESN.

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