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Iginla scores twice in Bruins' win vs. Oilers

by Derek Van Diest

EDMONTON -- Jarome Iginla has made a career scoring on the Edmonton Oilers.

In his first-ever game against the Oilers with a team not named the Calgary Flames, Iginla continued the trend, scoring twice for the Boston Bruins in a 4-2 win against the Oilers at Rexall Place on Thursday.

Iginla scored one of the Bruins' three first-period goals then added an empty-netter in the third to seal the victory.

"We had a great start, we wanted to focus on that and make sure we had that," Iginla said. "Give the Oilers credit; they're a young team and they can create lots of chances, and when they start feeling it, they can get it going.

"They played well. But we also didn't have the same legs that we've had at different times and we got ourselves into some penalty trouble. Finding a way to just win the game, that's the most important thing."

Bruins goaltender Chad Johnson made 39 saves in the win.

Dennis Seidenberg and Brad Marchand also scored for the Bruins in the first period as Boston took a 3-0 lead and hung on for the win. David Perron scored both goals for the Oilers.

Playing in his 90th game against the Oilers, Iginla scored his 35th and 36th goals against his hometown club.

The longtime Flames captain had plenty of support in the crowd.

"It was in the ballpark of 30, somewhere in there," Iginla said. "I've got brothers and sisters, cousins. My wife's from here. It was just one of those nights.

"It's fun though. We're only here once, and I'm happy that they could all come out and support me. It's better than if they didn't show up, right?"

Seidenberg opened the scoring at 10:25 of the first period on a gift from Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk, who let a long, unobstructed wrist shot from the blue line get past him. Prior to the goal, Dubnyk had made a number of key saves to keep the Bruins off the board.

Iginla increased the Bruins' lead at 16:11, taking a pass from Seidenberg off a cycle in the corner and firing a shot from the top of the circle and through a screen past Dubnyk.

Marchand scored a shorthanded goal at 18:17 to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead. The Bruins left wing broke out with Patrice Bergeron on a 2-on-1 rush after Oilers defenseman Philip Larsen gave the puck away at the blue line.

Bergeron slipped the puck past Larsen on a slow-developing play, giving Marchand an open net to shoot at.

"I don't know if we won a battle in the first period," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. "I don't know if we were, 'The Bruins are in town. They're one of the best teams in the League and we need to play cautious.' You can't play cautious against anybody. You'll get killed if you give them too much time and space. But even though we weren't winning the battles, I didn't think the first period was as bad as the shot clock showed or the score was. I still felt we had a chance if we could get a goal."

The Bruins (22-8-2) outshot the Oilers 18-14 in the first period, and the Oilers made a goaltending change to start the second.

Dubnyk was replaced by Jason LaBarbera, who had not played an NHL game since he allowed five goals in a loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 26.

LaBarbera didn't get much work to start the second, as it took the Bruins more than eight minutes to register a shot in the period. He finished with 12 saves.

Perron cut into the lead at 3:25 when his shot appeared to hit Seidenberg's stick and sailed past Johnson.

Johnson got the start over No. 1 goalie Tuukka Rask, who was battling the flu. Rask did dress as the backup.

Perron added another for the Oilers at 17:25 to make the score 3-2. The Oilers left wing had a centering pass from Jordan Eberle bounce off his stick and behind the Bruins net. Perron gave chase and was able to fight off Bergeron with one arm and wrap the puck around and past Johnson with the other.

"They obviously played a pretty good game in the first period," Perron said. "I thought we were right there with them in the second, and then we had a pretty good third period.

"But I felt, even after the first period, the score wasn't reflective of the game. I thought they were outplaying us, but not by that much. Not by three goals anyway. We did our job in the second, and we're probably going to have nightmares about not scoring in the last minute and hitting the post."

The Oilers (11-19-3) took the play to the Bruins in the third period, outshooting them 13-3, but were unable to beat Johnson, who had battled the flu himself earlier in the week. Iginla sealed the victory with his empty-net goal at 19:16.

"Even in the first, I didn't think we were horrible, maybe a victim of circumstance a little bit," Eakins said. "We were maybe not totally comfortable in our skin in the first. But in the second and the third, obviously that's how we want to play."

The Oilers travel to face the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. The Bruins conclude their four-game road trip against the Canucks on Saturday.

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