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game recap

Bruins solve Scrivens, cruise past Oilers

Saturday, 02.01.2014 / 3:58 PM

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

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Bruins solve Scrivens, cruise past Oilers
Edmonton Oilers 0, Boston Bruins 4
Three Stars of the Game
David Krejci
1st
David Krejci
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 20:15
Chad Johnson
2nd
Chad Johnson
SA: 22TOI: 59:58
GA: 0EV: 20-20
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Dougie Hamilton
3rd
Dougie Hamilton
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:49

BOSTON -– The Boston Bruins' determination to wipe out the memories of one of their worst losses of the season was greater than Ben Scrivens' recent impenetrability in the Edmonton Oilers goal Saturday.

Coming off a sound loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, the Bruins received goals from four players and 22 saves from Chad Johnson in a 4-0 victory at TD Garden.

The Bruins (35-16-3) had been 5-0-1 in the six games prior to their lackluster performance against the Canadiens. Boston has won its past 12 games against Edmonton.

"Right from the start we emphasized being smart and working harder and I thought we did a good job at that I think at limiting them," Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton said. "I thought we played a lot of, I guess, time in their zone, so I thought it was a good game for us."

Scrivens, who set an NHL record for saves in a regulation shutout with 59 in the Oilers' prior game against the San Jose Sharks, finished with 37 saves Saturday. His saves streak, which dated to a game against the Nashville Predators on Jan. 26, was snapped at 102 straight and his shutout streak stopped at 126:41 when David Krejci scored a second-period goal.

The Oilers (18-33-6), who were playing their first of four straight on the road, last beat the Bruins Oct. 17, 2000 and haven't won in Boston since Nov. 7, 1996, a stretch of nine games. The loss snapped Edmonton's three-game winning streak.

"Well listen, that's a team that I think every team in the League aspires to be defensively. They don't give up much," Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said. "We talked about it before the game, that this team is just going to sit there, they are comfortable in a 0-0 or 1-0 game, and if you make a mistake they are going to pounce and then they are going to go back and set up their traps again. So, I was encouraged that we were only a goal out going into the third but discouraged that we weren't getting many chances. ... So it's a credit to Boston how they play; they aren't the best defensive team in the League for no reason."

Johnson's shutout was his first of the season and second of his NHL career.

"It means a lot," Johnson said. "For me, it's always just about the wins, but I think when you can add a shutout there it's just kind of like a bonus point for myself. To get it at home too, it's just, it's nice. It's always nice to get a shutout."

It took until 2:06 of the second period to make sure Scrivens wouldn't keep up his record-breaking pace. Scrivens took a tripping penalty on Brad Marchand before Krejci's slap shot from the high slot deflected off a skate in front and beat the goalie for a 1-0 lead on the Bruins' 14th shot of the game.

The Bruins thought they solved Scrivens again at 8:32 when Matt Bartkowski's pass to the top of the crease deflected off Loui Eriksson and past Scrivens. But the puck hit off Eriksson's right skate, and after video review the goal was disallowed because of a distinct kicking motion.

Hamilton gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead in the third period by setting up his goal. First he snapped a shot at Scrivens on the rush and retrieved the rebound. Hamilton then beat Scrivens with a wraparound off the goaltender's right pad and in at 6:43.

"I thought that goal by Dougie kind of made everybody kind of relax a little bit more and our game seemed to get better after that too," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We just seemed to execute some scoring chances a little bit better."

Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug scored third-period goals.

The Bruins outshot the Oilers, 9-2, in the first period. But one of Edmonton's two shots was on an Ales Hemsky breakaway that Johnson thwarted at 5:12.

"I think you always want to make the first save of the game and sort of get comfortable, so to be able to make that save and it be on a breakaway is sort of just something you can build off of for the rest of the game," Johnson said. "But it was sort of a weird period because I only had I think one more shot the whole time, so again it was just nice to make that save early."

The highlight of a scoreless first period was a video tribute to Edmonton captain Andrew Ference, who left the Bruins for the Oilers as a free agent last summer. Ference was a key member of the Bruins for several seasons, including the Stanley Cup championship team in 2010-11.

"It was nicer than the game," Ference said. "Obviously very well treated by the organization and the city while I was here and while I left and throughout this year too. It's obviously a tremendous hockey city and the organization has been nothing but great to me, so that's very, very special."

Boston ends a four-game homestand Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks. The Oilers' road trip continues Monday against the Buffalo Sabres.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:06
BOS
PPG - David Krejci (12) Slapshot - ASST: Jarome Iginla (22), Milan Lucic (22)
1 - 0 BOS
3rd Period
06:43
BOS
Dougie Hamilton (6) Wrap-around - ASST: Zdeno Chara (11), Carl Soderberg (20)
2 - 0 BOS
13:05
BOS
Carl Soderberg (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Kelly (5), Matt Bartkowski (10)
3 - 0 BOS
15:42
BOS
PPG - Torey Krug (12) Snap shot - ASST: Zdeno Chara (12), Jarome Iginla (23)
4 - 0 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
03:20
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Luke Gazdic
03:20
EDM
Luke Gazdic  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
07:15
BOS
Chris Kelly  Hooking against  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
09:30
EDM
Ryan Smyth  Hooking against  Brad Marchand
12:08
BOS
Gregory Campbell  Roughing against  Jeff Petry
12:08
EDM
Jeff Petry  Roughing against  Gregory Campbell
12:08
EDM
Jeff Petry  Hooking against  Daniel Paille
2nd Period
00:26
EDM
Ben Scrivens  Tripping against  Brad Marchand
11:00
BOS
David Krejci  Holding against  Taylor Hall
15:03
BOS
Chris Kelly  Hi-sticking against  Matt Hendricks
15:44
EDM
Jordan Eberle  Interference against  Daniel Paille
3rd Period
08:52
BOS
Matt Bartkowski  Hooking against  David Perron
14:40
EDM
David Perron  Roughing against  Kevan Miller
goalie stats
Ben Scrivens
SA: 41TOI: 59:41
Saves: 37EV: 28 - 30
PIM: 2PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .902SH: 2 - 2
Chad Johnson
Chad Johnson
10-3-0
SA: 22TOI: 59:58
Saves: 22EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0