BOSTON, MA -
The Bruins heavily outshot Edmonton and ran away with the game in the third, putting an end to the Oilers’ three-game win streak as Boston earned the 4-0 shutout victory at TD Garden.
"That's the team that every team in the League aspires to be, defensively,” said Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins. “They don't give up much… If you make a mistake they're going to pounce, and then they're just going to go back and set up their traps again. I was encouraged that we were only a goal out going into the third, but discouraged that we weren't getting very many chances."
Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens took a tripping penalty 26 seconds into the second period and after two failed attempts on the man advantage in the first period, Boston capitalized. At 2:06 of the middle frame, David Krejci connected on a point shot through traffic as Boston took the 1-0 lead. Jerome Iginla and Milan Lucic earned the assists.
With under 12 minutes remaining in the second, it appeared as if Boston had taken a two-goal lead. However, after further review, Loui Eriksson’s goal was kicked in by his skate and overturned.
Despite another strong game in net by Scrivens, the Bruins would take a 2-0 lead in the third. At 6:43 of the final frame, Dougie Hamilton put home a wraparound goal, off the skate of the Oilers netminder. Zdeno Chara and Carl Soderberg recorded assists on the score.
“They’re a good team,” said Scrivens. “They’re the jewel of the east. They’re the top dogs out here so we knew it was going to be a tough test for us and I thought, at times, we played well and we skated with them. But at times, their experience, their comfort level in close games somewhat outmatched us. We’ve got to take what we can from it. We went into the third period, in a one-goal game in a tough environment to play in. There are some positives, but what can you say? Eventually we need to find a way to battle through and win a couple of these.”
Soderberg would wrist a shot top-shelf, with 6:55 remaining in the game to seal the deal for the Bruins, although they’d get even more insurance later in the third. Chris Kelly and Matt Bartkowski earned the assists.
Torey Krug hammered a one-timer past Scrivens on the power play at 15:42 to give Boston a 4-0 lead. Chara and Iginla each gained a helper.
Bruins goalie Chad Johnson recorded just his second-career NHL shutout.
It was the first game in an Oilers uniform for defenceman Mark Fraser after he was acquired in a trade with Toronto yesterday. Fraser had only played 19 games for the Maple Leafs this season before arriving in Edmonton. He said it took some time to get acclimated to playing again.
“I felt pretty good,” Fraser said. “Obviously, it takes a little bit to get back into things. It’s been a little while for me since I played my last (game). I thought it came along after the first few shifts and the team actually played really well which was good. It kind of helped me along for the first period or so. I had a couple of long shifts for myself, but the team played well around me and kind of helped me ease into things.”
Fraser led all Oilers skaters in hits with five and chipped in two blocked shots in 12:02 of ice-time.
"Mark hasn't played in a long time, and I thought he was fine back there,” Eakins said. “We kind of controlled his minutes, but I thought he played physical, he didn't get himself into any trouble, so I was happy with his game. It was a perfect game for him to come in and just get through the minutes with not having played for so long. I thought he was our most physical D today."
The Oilers were outshot 41-22 in the loss.