BOSTON – The Bruins entered a game Saturday they were supposed to win against a young, soft Edmonton Oilers not exactly built to play hard, heavy hockey, and that’s exactly what they did.
The Black and Gold dominated the Oil for a second straight time this season, and played solid, efficient, mistake-free hockey with a 4-0 victory over Edmonton that now gives them 13 out of 16 points in their last eight games. Andrew Ference had a tough day (minus-2 and on ice for all four goals against) in his Boston homecoming as the captain of the Oilers, and goals from David Krejci and Dougie Hamilton carried the offense for the Bruins.
After a scoreless first, David Krejci capped off a near-perfect power play possession with a directed one-timer from the high point that bounced off the stick of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins before beating Ben Scrivens. That power play strike snapped Scrivens’ shutout streak at 103 saves and 126:41, and ushered in more offensive chances for Boston.
It appeared the Bruins had another score in the second when Matt Bartkowski walked down the left side, and fed Loui Eriksson waiting in front of the net. The puck bounced off Eriksson’s skate blade, and the play was ruled an “intentional kicking motion” by the NHL before disallowing the goal.
That left the Bruins looking for insurance goals in the third.
Hamilton executed an aggressive rush up the left side, fired a shot that Scrivens stopped, and then circled behind the net before banking another shot off the Edmonton goalie as he backed in toward the post. The score marked a career-high sixth goal for the 20-year-old Hamilton as he’s put together a pair of strong games back-to-back against Montreal and Edmonton. Chad Johnson didn’t see a ton of shots, but there was quality among the 18 saves he made against the Oilers for the shutout.
Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug added the goals in the third period to top off the scoring plays for the Black and Gold.