Oilers 1, Bruins 4

The Edmonton Oilers showed up in a much more competitive frame of mind on Thursday night, battled hard, took a few pounds of flesh, but came up on the short end of a 4-1 score in Boston.

For the second game in a row the Oilers saw a 1-1 game collapse into a 3-1 deficit in a Meltdown Minute, and once again they were 2+ goals in arrears the whole rest of the way as their popgun offence failed to put a dint in a hard-checking opponent. This time all the damage was done in the first frame as the scoreboard read 3-1 Boston 15 minutes in and stayed that way until a gift empty-netter in the final minute of play.

Dumb penalties compounded by weak penalty-killing torpedoed the Oilers’ hopes in this one, as an early 1-0 lead off a Connor McDavid snipe disappeared on a pair of Boston powerplay goals. The Bruins capitalized at even strength in the moments following the 2-1 goal and the die was cast. From then on it was check-check-check as the Oilers struggled mightily to find any open ice and failed to capitalize on those rare occasions they found some. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy’s game plan — hard-match four-time Selke Trophy winner Patrice Bergeron against McDavid and dare Edmonton to find some secondary offence — worked to a T.

Player grades

#4 Kris Russell, 5. Made one sturdy defensive stop with his well-practiced “starfish” play, but contributed nothing to moving the puck north.

#6 Adam Larsson, 4. Played a monstrous 25:39 to lead both teams, but his two biggest contributions were to Boston goals. The first was an utterly needless interference penalty with the Oilers leading 1-0 midway in the first; the other a sequence where he got owned by Joakim Nordstrom in all three zones, primarily on a poor pinch where he took neither the puck nor the man (a.k.a. “the eventual goal scorer”). Other than that, he was solid, and made a number of good plays with the puck inside his own blueline to get the disc moving north. But the damage was done.

#8 Ty Rattie, 6. Was a significant contributor on Edmonton’s only dangerous line, making a good area pass that ultimately sprung McDavid for the Oilers only goal, and a fine centring pass to RNH for a good look that rang iron. But passed up a good look aof his own …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal – Sports


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Way better effort, but Edmonton Oilers get shut down by deeper, better, more disciplined Bruins

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