Talking Points: Bruins 4, Oilers 0

Talking Points: Bruins 4, Oilers 0
February 1, 2014, 4:45 pm
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GOLD STAR: Dougie Hamilton has been gang busters in the last couple of games for the Bruins while figuring out the most effective way to merge his aggressive offensive instincts with his top D-man responsibilities in the defensive zone. Hamilton potted the insurance goal in the third period on a nice aggressive rush up the right side where he fired a puck Ben Scrivens made the save on, and then curled behind the net before banking the puck off the Edmonton goaltender on the other side. That’s goals in back-to-back games for Hamilton, who had eight shot attempts in the win in 18:49 of ice time. He’s really bringing it to another level.

BLACK EYE: Andrew Ference was nervous before his return game to Boston, and he looked it on the ice just a bit in a tough day after missing three games with a concussion. Ference was on ice for all four goals against for the Bruins, finished a minus-2 and was also on the ice for the Loui Eriksson goal that was waved off by the referees for the kicking motion. True to his character Ference didn’t shy away from facing the music postgame, and instead told the media that Boston “was home for seven years, and might be home again someday” for the Ference family.

TURNING POINT: The David Krejci goal snapped a 103-save shutout streak for Ben Scrivens that lasted 126:41, and finally gave the Bruins some offensive production in the second period after getting frustrated early on. The Bruins had dominated in the first period and the early parts of the second, but Scrivens had stopped the first 12 pucks he faced while keeping things scoreless. The Bruins needed to finally break through after bearing witness to his 59-save performance against the Sharks earlier this week, and they did just that by refusing to get frustrated.

HONORABLE MENTION: Chad Johnson didn’t face a ton of shots, but there was quality in among the 22 shots on net for the Edmonton Oilers in defeat. Johnson stopped them all, and continued what’s been an excellent 2014 body of work with a shutout performance against the Oil. Johnson is 4-0-0 in six games with a .939 save percentage since the calendar turned to the new year, and has started four of the last eight games in a mad stretch for the Black and Gold as backup netminder.

BY THE NUMBERS: 6 – a new career-high in goals for Dougie Hamilton after popping in an aggressive bank shot off the back of Ben Scrivens’ pads in the third period to give Boston some breathing room.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “Every time I’m in this city is obviously going to be special, it’s a place that is home to me and my family and we grew up here and it could very well be home again.  It’s a special city. Tonight, this whole last couple days was great until it got put away by the game, which wasn’t so fun.” –Andrew Ference on returning to Boston as a member of the Edmonton Oilers team that dropped a 4-0 decision to the Bruins.