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Oilers win marathon shootout against Bruins

by Derek Van Diest

EDMONTON -- Defenseman Martin Marincin converted on his first professional shootout attempt, which also happened to be on his birthday, to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 win against the Boston Bruins at Rexall Place on Wednesday.

Marincin was the only player to score in a 12-round shootout, losing control of the puck on his attempt, but still watched it slide through Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask for the winner.

"That felt great. That was my first NHL goal and it came on my birthday," Marincin said. "I just tried to make a move and the ice was bad, so I guess I had some good luck."

Recalled from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League on Feb. 5, Marincin was inserted into the lineup Wednesday in favor of defenseman Keith Aulie.

Marincin, 23, had one assist in 17 games for Edmonton this season between an extended period in the AHL. He had never participated in a shootout.

"Sometimes those work," Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle said. "If you don't even know what you are doing, there is no way [the goalie] does. It ended up working."

Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Teddy Purcell scored for Edmonton (17-32-10) in regulation. Goaltender Ben Scrivens made 38 saves in his first game back from a thigh injury, which forced him to miss four games. He also denied all 12 Bruins shooters in the shootout.

Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and David Pastrnak scored for Boston (28-20-9). Rask made 26 saves.

The loss extended the Bruins' losing skid to a season-high five games (0-3-2).

"It was a frustrating night for a lot of reasons," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Our penalty kill that had been so good, made some mental mistakes and gave them some great opportunities. If you give them some opportunities you know they'll score goals. We adjusted after that, we were better on the penalty kill. We got ourselves back in the game, but at the end of this all, it's our inability to finish."

Yakupov scored at 4:29 of the first period to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead. The Oilers right wing was left unattended in front of the net and converted a pass from Derek Roy. The goal extended Yakupov's point streak to six games.

Nugent-Hopkins scored a power-play goal at 15:53 when he took a cross-ice pass from Teddy Purcell and sent a shot past Rask to make it 2-0. It was Nugent-Hopkins' first power-play goal this season; he leads the Oilers with 16 goals.

"It was a good game. We got off to a good start, which I liked," Oilers coach Todd Nelson said. "Ben Scrivens was outstanding. It was a fun game to coach. He looked sharp and made some big saves in the first period. I thought he played an outstanding game for his first game back."

Eriksson cut the deficit in half with 19.1 seconds left in the first period, tipping a Dougie Hamilton shot past Scrivens.

Purcell restored Edmonton's two-goal lead on the power play at 9:00 of the second period when his shot made its way past a screened Rask.

Smith scored at 14:17 on a rebound to pull the Bruins to 3-2.

Pastrnak tied the game 3-3 at 15:52 when he tipped Zdeno Chara's point shot past Scrivens. It was the sixth goal of the season for Pastrnak, 18, who is the youngest player in the League.

"I think the first period was not our best hockey at all," Hamilton said. "Luckily we had that goal at the end of it and we improved in the second period. In the third period, we just couldn't convert. It was back-and-forth hockey and it was unfortunate that we couldn't score."

The Oilers lost defenseman Jeff Petry and center Anton Lander in the third period. Petry took a shot in the chest from Adam McQuaid in the second period and left the game with a rib injury; Lander sustained a shoulder injury.

Milan Lucic had a chance to win the game in the final seconds of regulation, left unattended in front of the net, but his shot sailed high. He also had an opportunity in overtime, but fanned on a rebound in front of an open net.

Forward Chris Kelly came close to winning for Boston, hitting the post on his shootout attempt before Marincin went on to win it.

"I was running out of people," Nelson said. "I looked down the bench and it was either him or Oscar [Klefbom] who was going. I looked at Marty and said, 'Do you got this?' He looked at me really calm and cool and said, 'Yes, I do.' I felt if he was feeling it, he should go for it."

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