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by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
10 seconds into the game, Marc Savard almost opened the scoring for Boston. He was stationed at the right post but couldn't get a handle on the cross-ice pass to put the puck in the open side.

Boston had another chance about a minute later when Patrice Bergeron fired a one-timer from the high slot. Roloson kicked out his right pad to make the save.

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  • An interference penalty six minutes into the first to Brandon Bochenski negated what could have been the game's first goal. Patrice Bergeron fed Marco Sturm on a two-on-one and he rifled it past Roloson but the goal was disallowed with a penalty called on the play.

    Dwayne Roloson made a nice save on a three-way passing play that finished with a give-and-go between Phil Kessel and Marc Savard midway through the first, keeping the game scoreless.

    Jeremy Reich hammered Matt Greene into the end boards on an icing play and Greene took exception to the hit, prompting both players to drop the gloves and engage in some fisticuffs.

    Late in the first, Hejda and Smid took penalties less than a minute apart to give Boston a lengthy five-on-three advantage.

    On the ensuing power play, the puck went off the skate of Steve Staios in front of the Boston net during a scramble and in behind Roloson. The goal was credited to Bruins forward Brandon Bochenski.

    With time still remaining in the Smid penalty, Boston connected again to double their lead to 2-0 1:02 after the Bochenski goal. Marco Sturm chopped at the puck after Roloson made the initial save on Bergeron.

    Shots on goal after one period of play were 9-6 for the Bruins.

    Patrice Bergeron used his speed to create some separation between himself and the Oilers defence. Roloson made a big stop on the Bruins forward as he tried to deke.

    While shorthanded, Patrick Thoresen almost got the Oilers on the board. Horcoff created a turnover deep in the Boston end before dishing the puck to Thoresen. His blast was kicked away by Tim Thomas.

    On that same penalty kill, Toby Petersen drove hard to the net but was held up by Bruins defenceman Paul Mara. As a result, the Boston power play came to an end.

    Edmonton almost scored on the heels of that power play. Lupul skated in alone after getting a nice backhand pass from Torres but his shot went just wide. On the same shift, Torres and Nedved each also had chances and the line's hard work drew another penalty - P.J. Axelsson for hooking.

    Shots were 14-6 for Edmonton in the second and 20-15 Oilers overall through two periods.

    The Oilers continued to put pressure on Boston in the third period. Thoresen, Nedved and Lupul each had chances to score on separate occasions but the team could not solve Tim Thomas.

    Marco Sturm added an empty netter for the Bruins with just over two minutes to play in the game to clinch it.
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