The Boston Bruins won again in the TD Garden and beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2. Despite the return of David Krejci, the Bruins looked a little flat at times during the game and Krejci contributed to that by taking three minor penalties including a double minor for high sticking that led to the first Oiler goal.
Tuukka Rask faced 26 shots and got beat two times but made the key saves at the key times to keep his team in the game. The Bergeron, Marchand and Smith line keep it's consistency going as Smith scored on a wicked wrist shoot from the slot to beat Ben Scrivens glove side with a 1:15 left in the first period to get the Bruins on the board. After a so-so second period where both sides had power plays and the Oilers held a slight advantage of territorial dominance; The Oilers came out and pressured the B's and earned a bang-bang goal with a shot from Nail Yakapov was redirected to an open Mark Arcobello who wasted no time in burying the puck past Rask at 1:45 of the third period. The Bruins shortened the bench at about the eleven minute mark and started a surge and push. Loui Ericsson was able to pop in a redirected shot from Doug Hamilton off Carl Soderberg. Reilly Smith drew a holding the stick penalty and the Bruins scored on the ensuing power play. Hamilton dished to Bergeron squeezing through the slot and he softly passed to Soderberg who made no mistake on his shot. As Bergeron made the pass, he was dragged down and that led to another power play.
On the next power play after some tic tac toe passing, Hamilton took a shot on his off side from the face-off circle that beat Scrivens through a Soderberg screen. Milan Lucic finished off the scoring into the empty net and hopefully this gets Lucic jump started now that Krejci is returned. The scary part of this game was two early Bruins goals that were called back that could have cracked a more emotional team. Instead, the Bruins went right back to business and continued to pressure the Oilers which led to breaking through on drive and effort.
My stars of the game were Patrice Bergeron with an assist a +1 and seven shots. Reilly Smith was on his game early and hit a cross bar before connecting on his goal in the first period and the first star was Doug Hamilton with a goal and two assists, a +1 and 23:37 of ice time. Hamilton seems to be growing in leaps and bounds right before our eyes. I think, looking ahead, he should remain paired with Seidenberg as both their games have grown in the last two weeks. Another consideration based on observations. Joe Morrow looks better and stronger with every performance and Seth Griffith has fallen off. Until tonight Loui Ericsson has been invisible and I'm wondering if Chris Kelly helps his game. Perhaps now is the time to give Matt Fraser a shot with Krejci and Lucic.
The Bruins have a rare three day and weekend break. They play again on Monday night against New Jersey and former bruins Jaromir Jagr and Mike Ryder. So far the Bruins have done a good job of making former Bruins look irrelevant against them. Benoit Pouliot was tonight's victim as Andy Ference was suspended.
Until Next Time!