BOSTON, MA - The Edmonton Oilers skated with the always-tough Boston Bruins for the majority of the contest, but four third period goals by the home side was enough to send Edmonton away with their second straight loss to start this five-game road trip as the Bruins enjoyed a come-from-behind 5-2 victory.
Barely two minutes into the third period, the Oilers took a 2-1 lead when Mark Arcobello swooped in and chipped the puck under the crossbar past Tuukka Rask to put the Oilers back in front but after that, it was all Bruins in the third.
Just before the period’s midway point, Boston put the puck in after the whistle for the second time on the night. David Krejci digged the puck out after Seth Griffth took the initial shot. The referees ruled that Scrivens had smothered it.
Boston kept coming, however, and their perseverence paid off with the tying goal. Loui Eriksson picked up the puck in front and fired it past Scrivens to make it 2-2.
30 seconds later, Keith Aulie received a penalty for holding the stick, sending the Bruins on the power play with a chance to move in front and it only took them another 30 seconds to make that happen.
Patrice Bergeron made a nice dish to Carl Soderberg in the slot. Soderberg made no mistake, rifling the puck by Scrivens for the PP marker.
Nikita Nikitin took a penalty on the scoring play, putting the Oilers down a man once again and a minute later, the Bruins put the game away for good.
Dougie Hamilton wristed a shot from the left circle low for the goal with 6:22 to play, making it 4-2.
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins spoke after the game about the team's penalty kill, which gave up those two crucial goals late in the third.
"Our killers have been excellent. They did a great job early then we had a critical mistake off the rush on the third one," Eakins said. "When they scored that third goal, it cost us and led to the next one as well. It lends itself to the mindset that every moment is critical."
Milan Lucic added an empty netter to make the final 5-2. The final shot count in the game was 32-26 for the Bruins.
"We took a couple penalties. You can't give a dangerous team like that power play chances. We need to find a way to close teams out," said Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens.
"We've got to continue on with the positives and try to correct the negatives. The game's behind us now. We've got another one tomorrow we need to try and win"
Just over four minutes into the game, Brad Marchand's redirect just narrowly missed the net and the Bruins pivot then nearly scored on the wraparound but that also missed the mark. Neither team had an official shot on goal in the game through five minutes.
Jesse Joensuu was hauled down at the Bruins blueline by Dougie Hamilton, giving the Oilers the game's first power play 6:52 in.
Unfortunately, the power play isn’t too successful for the Oilers. Boston received its first two shots of the game while shorthanded as the first Oilers power play failed to register much in the way of anything.
Near the period’s midway point, the Bruins got a man advantage opportunity after Matt Hendricks was sent off for hooking but, like Boston, Oilers penalty killers don’t give their opponents much.
Reilly Smith rang a shot off the crossbar behind Scrivens on a shot from the left circle with 6:03 to play in the opening frame.
30 seconds later, David Krejci received four minutes for high sticking Draisaitl, resulting in Edmonton's second man advantage of the evening and this time, the Oilers connected.
Boyd Gordon got his stick on the puck in front of the net and slid it just across the line before it was retrieved by Dougie Hamilton. It was ruled a goal on the ice and confirmed as such by the video review — 1-0 Edmonton.
With 1:15 to go in the first, Boston got back on even terms. Reilly Smith wristed a shot from the right circle past Scrivens.
After one period, shots were 7-6 for the Oilers.
Edmonton had a power play to start the second but was unable to convert. Four minutes into the middle frame, Boston got a power play of their own.
Near the end of that power play, the puck went in after Seth Griffith hammered in a Marchand rebound but it was after the whistle.
In an effort to shake up the offence, Coach Eakins jumbled up the lines. He put David Perron with Nail Yakupov and Mark Arcobello (and later Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for a single shift). He also had Leon Draisiatl with Iiro Pakarinen and Teddy Purcell. Jordan Eberle, Arcobello and Benoit Pouliot also took a shift later in the period.
With 1:45 to play, Scrivens slid across to make a nice stop and then smothered the puck after a Marchand shot hit the side of the net.
Shots after two periods were 20-18 for Edmonton.