The Boston Bruins continued their western Canada trip when they took on the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, March 16th. The Oilers got out to a 3-0 lead but the Bruins fought back to make it 3-2. That was as close as the game would get as the Oilers hung seven goals on the Bruins and walked away with a 7-4 win.
Right as the game kicked off Riley Nash headed to the box for a tripping call 3:18 into the game. One minute and 11 seconds later Pat Maroon scored the opening goal from Rask’s right circle. 1-0 Oilers. Fifty-nine seconds later Maroon scored his second goal on an incredible no-look feed from Connor McDavid to put the Oilers up 2-0.
2:55 later, Benoit Pouliot scored on a feed from behind the net to make it 3-0 Oilers and put the Bruins in a huge hole. The Bruins responded, however, when Leon Draisaitl went to the box for tripping at 11:28. The Bruins power play cashed in with a tick-tack-toe goal from David Pastrnak to cut the Edmonton lead to 3-1.
As the period drew to a close, Brad Marchand took a feed from Patrice Bergeron and stuffed it past Cam Talbot to further cut into the Oilers lead, and make it a 3-2 game at the 17:44 mark. Just 27 seconds later Anton Slepyshev jumped on a Connor Mcdavid rebound and jammed it into the back of the net to regain the two goal lead, putting Edmonton up 4-2.
Before the period could come to a close, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara dropped the gloves with Edmontons Zack Kassian as things really started to heat up between the two hockey clubs.
Just 1:58 into the 2nd period, the Bruins once again found themselves a man down when they caught a call for too many men on the ice. The Oilers capitalized on the man advantage when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tapped a puck that had snuck behind Rask past the goal line to put the Oilers up 5-2. Tuukka Rask was then pulled in favor of back up goaltender Anton Khudobin.
The Bruins picked up a penalty once again when Collin Miller went to the box for holding at the 4:02 mark. This time it would be the Bruins who scored when Dominic Moore got a short-handed goal on a bad angle shot from his backhand. Moore’s goal got the Bruins back within two goals, making it a 5-3 game.
Just over two minutes later, the Oilers had their three-goal lead back when Draisaitl beat Khudobin short side off an Adam Mcquaid turnover to make it 6-3 Oilers.
Shortly after the Bruins successfully killed off yet another penalty, Marchand picked up an interference call at the 11:44 mark. Not long after Marchand’s penalty ended, the Bruins found themselves shorthanded once again when David Krejci was called for roughing. This time the Oilers scored on the power play when former Bruin Milan Lucic tipped a puck past Khudobin at the 14:49 mark to make it 7-3 Oilers.
The Bruins finally caught a break when Pouliot was called for hooking and Kris Russell was called for tripping giving the Bruins a 5 on 3 penalty. The Bruins capitalized on the 2-man advantage when David Krejci shot a laser from the top of the right circle past Talbot. Krejcis power play goal cut the lead to 7-4 with 31 seconds remaining in the period.
The Bruins started the period with 56 seconds left on the power play but couldn’t take advantage. The Bruins continued to try and cut in to The Oilers lead with good chances from Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, and Brad Marchand but couldn’t get the puck past Cam Talbot.
Drew Stafford was called for slashing at the 12:13 mark, but the Bruins were able to kill off the penalty. The Bruins got their own chance on the power play when Oscar Klefbom went to the box at the 15:33 mark but once again couldn’t score.
The Bruins continued to desperately try to chip away at the Oilers lead, pulling the goalie for the 6th attacker with more than three minutes left in the game. Even with the extra attacker on the ice, the Bruins could not put the puck in the net. The clock ran out with the Oilers leading 7-4.
- Goal: Edmonton- Maroon (23); Assists- Eberle (27), Sekera (22)
- Goal: Edmonton- Maroon (24); Assists- McDavid (53), Draisaitl (37)
- Goal: Edmonton- Pouliot (7); Assists- Desharnais (8), Nurse (3)
- Goal: Boston- Pastrnak (31); Assists- Marchand (41), Spooner (25)
- Goal: Boston- Marchand (37); Assists- Bergeron (31), Chara (16)
- Goal: Edmonton- Slepyshev (4); Assists- McDavid (54), Nurse (4)
- Goal: Edmonton- Nugent-Hopkins (15); Assists- Caggiula (8), Eberle (28)
- Goal: Boston- Moore (10); Assists- McQuaid (7)
- Goal: Edmonton- Daisaitl (24); unassisted
- Goal: Edmonton- Lucic (16); Assists- Darisaitl (37), Mcdavid (55)
- Goal: Boston- Krejci (20); Assists- Marchand (42), Krug (40)
- Leon Draisaitl- 1 goal, 2 assists
- 2. Connor McDavid- 3 assists
- 3. Pat Maroon- 2 goals
A really bad game from the Bruins, became hard to watch at the end. The team was fatigued mentally and physically coming off a game last night in Calgary and it showed. Their biggest problem in this game were penalties. You cant win hockey games if you are on the penalty kill the whole game, and the Bruins were trudging back and forth to the box all night.
Not only were the Bruins giving up a ton of penalties, they were really struggling to kill them off, giving up three power play goals. The Bruins came out to this game looking slow and sluggish and the walked right into a buzz saw. Everything was bad. The defense, the goal tending, the coaching, the special teams, everything. Let’s hope the Bruins burn this game tape and leave it in an unmarked grave on Causeway Street. The Bruins return to action Monday night when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are breathing right down their backs in the playoff race. Hopefully we see a more focused and less mistake-prone Bruins team on Monday night.