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GAME: Boston Bruins (9-13-5) at Edmonton Oilers (15-11-1).
TIME: Saturday, 10 p.m. EST.
The new-look Boston Bruins look for consecutive wins for the first time in nearly a month when they start a three-game Western road trip against the Edmonton Oilers.
Late Wednesday, Boston shook up its roster, acquiring Marco Sturm, Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau from the San Jose Sharks for potential-laden center Joe Thornton.
Sturm and Stuart paid immediate dividends the next night against the Ottawa Senators. Sturm scored 77 seconds into the game and the duo assisted on a goal later in the first period en route to a 3-0 win.
The win was Boston's second in 11 games. The Bruins have not put together back-to-back wins since Nov. 3-5 when they beat the Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers.
"We said it before the game: We wanted a fresh start," said Sturm. "After the goal, I kind of felt free. I haven't felt that way for a long time."
Backup goaltender Hannu Toivonen made 26 saves for his first career shutout. He has struggled in his last three road games, going 0-3 with a 3.56 goals-against average. He also has stopped just 70 of 81 shots in that span for an .864 save percentage.
Boston has just one win in its last 11 road games, but have its last four games from Edmonton, outscoring the Oilers 15-7.
The Oilers won for the fourth time in five games with a 5-3 triumph Thursday over the Vancouver Canucks.
"We're reading off each other and having some fun out there," Torres said.
Stoll is enjoying a breakout season. He has 10 goals in just 27 games this season - he had 10 in 68 games during the 2003-04 season.
Torres is tied with Ryan Smyth for the team lead with 12 goals. Torres need nine more goals to eclipse his career-high set in 2003-04.
Torres has two goals and four assists during a four-game points streak.
STANDINGS (through Dec. 2): Bruins - 23 points, 5th place, 17 PB, Northeast Division. Oilers - 31 points, 3rd place (tied), 3 PB, Northwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Bruins - Glen Murray, 12 goals; Sergei Samsonov, 13 assists and 24 points; Andrew Alberts, 43 PIM. Oilers - Smyth and Torres, 12 goals; Shawn Horcoff, 21 assists and 25 points; Ethan Moreau, 47 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Dec. 2): Bruins - Power play: 18.8 percent (30 for 159), 9th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.3 percent (146 for 173), 10th. Oilers - Power play: 16.8 percent (27 for 160), 19th. Penalty killing: 81.4 percent (132 for 162), 19th.
GOALTENDERS: Bruins - Andrew Raycroft (4-11-2, 0 SO, 3.43 GAA); Toivonen (5-2-3, 1, 2.92). Oilers - Jussi Markkanen (10-9-1, 0, 3.00); Mike Morrison (4-1-0, 0, 1.75).
2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Bruins, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Nov. 11, 2003; Bruins, 4-3. At Boston, Thornton and Martin Lapointe each tallied a goal and assist for the Bruins.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bruins - 4-7-4 on the road; Oilers - 6-4-1 at home.
|Dec 03 '05||BOS 5 at EDM 4 - OT||D. Tanabe|