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GAME STORY: Oilers 4, Bruins 1

Darnell Nurse scored the game-winning goal and Mike Smith made 35 saves as the Oilers defeated the Bruins 4-1 on Saturday

by Paul Gazzola /

BOSTON, MA - Wins don't exactly come easy for the road team when the Bruins are playing on home soil.

And this visit to The Garden was no walk in the park.

Darnell Nurse tallied what would stand as the game-winning goal with six seconds remaining in the second stanza and Mike Smith was flawless in the third period - making 20 stops in the final frame alone and 35 total - as the Oilers defeated the Bruins 4-1 Saturday at TD Garden.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at BOS 01.04.20





The Oilers five-game road trip continues in Toronto on Monday. The game can be seen on Sportsnet West and heard on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. Puck drop is 5:08 p.m. MT.


Edmonton became just the second team to beat the Bruins at home in regulation this season as the B's were 14-1-9 heading into Saturday's affair.

"You come into a place like this, you need your goaltender to be solid," Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett said of Smith. "It was a really good performance by him."

Gaëtan Haas, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl also notched for the Oilers, who improved to 22-17-5 on the year and 1-0-1 on their current five-game trip.

"That's the way we need to play each and every night," said Nurse post-game. "Not always are you going to be in the position where you're in the lead going into the third period but the way we played in the third was simple and direct."

But Smith, getting his second consecutive start, stole the show in the third with stop after stop.

The keeper kept Par Lindholm's point-blank attempt out and got some help from an Oscar Klefbom defensive effort when Brad Marchand was fed on the doorstep for what appeared to be a sure goal.

"Our D was outstanding in front," said Smith, who breathed a sigh of relief with the win post-game. 

"I feel like my game was coming back. The confidence was getting back to where I was feeling comfortable in the net again."

Boston's lethal power play, which entered the contest on a nine-game scoring streak, extended it to 10 when David Pastrnak's quick shot from the top of the left circle caught Kris Russell's stick and deflected past Smith for the first tally of the game.

Video: Smith, Oilers roll through Bruins, 4-1

The goal was Pastrnak's 31st of the season and 61st point, while his linemate Marchand also got in on the action with a helper for his 60th point.

The Bruins entered the match with a 15-3-2 record when leading after the first but the Oilers didn't crater under Boston's bullying play, evening things up then taking the lead in the second.

Haas picked up his fourth of the campaign and put Edmonton on the board when Jake DeBrusk's pass was botched and landed right on Haas' tape. The centre wasted no time in sneaking the puck under Jaroslav Halak for the equalizer.

"That was a nice gift," Haas joked.

Just when it seemed the game was heading into the third period knotted up at 1-1, Nurse put an unsuspecting shot on Halak with six seconds remaining and it fooled the keeper on his short side. The goal was Nurse's third tally and 18th point, giving Edmonton a 2-1 advantage into the 3rd.

Video: POST-GAME RAW | Mike Smith 01.04.20

In the third period, Zack Kassian made a great spin-o-rama pass to spring McDavid on a partial break. The Oilers Captain decided to go blocker side on Halak for his 23rd of the campaign and 65th point.

Draisaitl, with an empty-net marker plus an assist, had two points on the night to tie McDavid's total. But this game was all about the team effort.

"We're trying to get our game back in order," said Tippett. "When you come in and play a good road game here, beat a good team in Boston, it can help your team's confidence."

Edmonton will head to Toronto for a date with the Maple Leafs on Monday.

"We've got to keep playing the way we have to see if we can get the same results," said the Oilers coach.

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