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Bruins solve Scrivens, cruise past Oilers

by Matt Kalman

BOSTON -– The Boston Bruins' determination to wipe out the memories of one of their worst losses of the season was greater than Ben Scrivens' recent impenetrability in the Edmonton Oilers' goal.

Coming off a sound loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, the Bruins received goals from four players and 22 saves from Chad Johnson in a 4-0 victory at TD Garden on Saturday.

The Bruins (35-16-3) had been 5-0-1 in the six games prior to their lackluster performance in the 4-1 loss to the Canadiens.

"Right from the start we emphasized being smart and working harder and I thought we did a good job at that I think at limiting them," Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton said after Boston beat the Oilers for the 12th consecutive time. "I thought we played a lot of, I guess, time in their zone, so I thought it was a good game for us."

Scrivens, who set an NHL record for saves in a regulation shutout with 59 in the Oilers' prior game against the San Jose Sharks, finished with 37 saves Saturday. His saves streak, which dated to a game against the Nashville Predators on Jan. 26, was snapped at 102 straight and his shutout streak stopped at 126:41 when David Krejci scored a second-period goal.

The Oilers (18-33-6), who were playing their first of four straight on the road, last beat the Bruins on Oct. 17, 2000; they haven't won in Boston since Nov. 7, 1996, a stretch of nine games. The loss snapped Edmonton's three-game winning streak.

"That's a team that I think every team in the League aspires to be defensively. They don't give up much," Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said. "We talked about it before the game, that this team is just going to sit there, they are comfortable in a 0-0 or 1-0 game, and if you make a mistake they are going to pounce and then they are going to go back and set up their traps again. So I was encouraged that we were only a goal out going into the third but discouraged that we weren't getting many chances. ... So it's a credit to Boston how they play; they aren't the best defensive team in the League for no reason."

Johnson's shutout was his first of the season and second of his NHL career.

"It means a lot," Johnson said. "For me, it's always just about the wins, but I think when you can add a shutout there it's just kind of like a bonus point for myself. To get it at home too, it's just, it's nice. It's always nice to get a shutout."

It took until 2:06 of the second period to make sure Scrivens wouldn't keep up his record-breaking pace. Scrivens took a tripping penalty on Brad Marchand before Krejci's slap shot from the high slot deflected off a skate in front and went into the net for a 1-0 lead on the Bruins' 14th shot of the game.

The Bruins thought they solved Scrivens again at 8:32 when Matt Bartkowski's pass to the top of the crease deflected off Loui Eriksson and past Scrivens. But the puck hit off Eriksson's right skate, and after video review the goal disallowed because the puck was ruled to have been directed into the net with a distinct kicking motion.

Hamilton gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead in the third period by setting up his goal. First he snapped a shot at Scrivens on the rush and retrieved the rebound. Hamilton then beat Scrivens with a wraparound off the goaltender's right pad and in at 6:43.

"I thought that goal by Dougie kind of made everybody kind of relax a little bit more and our game seemed to get better after that too," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We just seemed to execute some scoring chances a little bit better."

Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug added insurance goals.

The Bruins outshot the Oilers 9-2 in the first period, but one of Edmonton's two shots was on an Ales Hemsky breakaway that Johnson thwarted at 5:12.

"I think you always want to make the first save of the game and sort of get comfortable, so to be able to make that save and it be on a breakaway is sort of just something you can build off of for the rest of the game," Johnson said. "But it was sort of a weird period because I only had I think one more shot the whole time, so again it was just nice to make that save early."

The highlight of a scoreless first period was a video tribute to Edmonton captain Andrew Ference, who left the Bruins for the Oilers as a free agent last summer. Ference was a key member of the Bruins for several seasons, including the Stanley Cup championship team in 2010-11.

"It was nicer than the game," Ference said. "Obviously very well treated by the organization and the city while I was here and while I left and throughout this year too. It's obviously a tremendous hockey city and the organization has been nothing but great to me, so that's very, very special."

Boston ends a four-game homestand Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks. The Oilers' road trip continues Monday against the Buffalo Sabres.

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