“It wasn’t easy," Bruins center David Krejci
told NESN’s Naoko Funayama after the game.
"It was a tough night last night with the travel, but it's two points so I’ll take it.”
Despite Edmonton’s seat at the bottom of the league, the young Oilers used their speed and offensive skill to pressure the Bruins until the final horn.
“This is a pretty good, young hockey club that we played tonight,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told NESN's cameras after the game.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask
made 17 saves on the way to his seventh win of the year.
Edmonton got the scoring started early, netting a goal just 1:05 into the game, but Nathan Horton
’s fight at 8:27 in the first frame jump-started the Bruins.
“I like the way we battled and we stuck with it when they took that early lead,” said Julien. “We were playing a little bit more in their end and when we started holding on to the puck we started having a little bit more success.”
The Bruins tallied their first goal of the game with Michael Ryder’s 17th of the season with 15 minutes left to go in the first, and then it was Horton again who gave the B’s the lead before the end of the period with his 15th goal of the season at 18:39.
“Be strong on the puck, especially down low, that’s the key," said Krejci, who extended his point streak to five games tonight (1-7-8) with his assist on Horton’s goal.
“And then have a person in front of the goal.
"On both goals -- on Ryd’s and Hort’s -- there was good traffic and that’s what you need to score goals,” he said.
Boston kept things moving in the second when Rich Peverley
netted his first goal as a Bruin to give the B’s the two-goal lead.
The Oilers answered in the third with their second goal, but fight’s from Brad Marchand
and Milan Lucic
kept the pressure on Edmonton and gave Boston the win.
Boston is now 22-9-4 when a Bruin engages in a fight and 8-3-1 when there are multiple fights in a game.
“It’s always nice to win those games, especially this time of year where everything is so tight,” Julien told NESN.
“We feel good about our game right now, we just need to keep it going.”
The Bruins will look to sweep their six-game road swing when they face the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. ---Hannah Becker