Bruins Fall To Oilers At TD Garden For First Time Since 1996
By: Mike Grinnell
Cam Talbot led the way on Monday night for the Oilers, stopping 47 of 49 shots and leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 overtime victory over the Boston Bruins.
Just 41 seconds into overtime, Andrej Sekera put one past Jonas Gustavsson and helped Edmonton leave Boston with 2 points. Sekera also left the Bruins with a bitter taste in their mouth, knowing this was 2 points they should have had.
“We have won games this year that we definitely didn’t deserve to win and this was one of those ones that we probably should have won.” Bruins forward Brad Marchand told reporters after the game. “I think after the first period we controlled that game and if you look at all the stats I think it shows that. It’s unfortunate like I said, their goalie made a lot of big saves and we didn’t do a great job of getting in front but we still probably should have won.”
Edmonton got on the board early, with goals from Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Eberle scored After a Matt Beleskey blocked a shot, which led to Eberle grabbing the puck off the end boards, and putting it upstairs on Gustavsson.
Nugent-Hopkins scored after Bruins defensemen Zdeno Chara lost an edge in the corner while racing Jordan Eberle to the puck. Eberle took advantage of the Bruins’ Captain miscue, slid it over to Nugent-Hopkins, who put the Oilers up 2-0.
“Yeah I was kind of all alone and the guys did a pretty good job recovering to the front of the net, but I got the second opportunity there, and those kind of plays you got to take advantage of.” Nugent-Hopkins told reporters after the game. “Obviously he is a pretty smart payer so he saw me right away.”
The Bruins got their offense from Matt Beleskey and Brad Marchand. Beleskey drove hard to the net, and just squeezed one by Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot to cut the Bruins deficit to 2-1 in the second period.
“I don’t think I’ve got one off my own stick this year.” Beleskey said after Monday night’s loss. “So still waiting for that. Yeah, you know, it’s been a lot of bounces, but just keep throwing it out there.”
Marchand put his 15th of the season past Talbot, 15:22 into the 3rd period. On a pass from Landon Ferraro, who was moved to play alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand in the 3rd period.
“It just gave that line a little bit of speed there in the forecheck.” Julien told reporters after Monday night’s loss. “I thought he was having a decent game so I just went with a hunch and put him out there.”
The Bruins went into overtime dominating the Oilers, out shooting them 18-3 in the 2nd period and 20-7 in the 3rd period. Though it was the Oilers who did the dominating in overtime, scoring just 41 seconds in. The Oilers sent out Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Andrej Sekera, while the Bruins matched with Landon Ferraro, Ryan Spooner and Torey Krug.
“Well our top players had just played the last three minutes” Julien told reporters. “so I was hoping to at least get a shift out of those guys and come back with our players, but we didn’t handle that very well.”
The Bruins are off until Wednesday, where they will face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 PM and you can catch that game on ESPN New Hampshire, coverage beginning with the ESPN New Hampshire Bruins Pregame show at 6:00 PM.