Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking down the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 at Rexall Place:
1) Chad Johnson with 39 saves in an excellent performance for the Bruins that made up for the second-period miscue on the David Perron wraparound. The Oilers outshot the Bruins 13-2 and started the period out outshooting them 10-0, but Johnson was able to hold the line. He’s 6-1-1 and has given Boston exactly what they needed out of their backup netminder.
2) A season-low 12:19 of ice time and five shifts in the third period for Torey Krug. Fair to wonder if loafing on the David Perron wraparound goal factored into it, or perhaps Krug was one of the guys battling through the flu.
3) Two goals for Jarome Iginla tonight gives him 36 in 90 career games vs. the Edmonton Oilers. The only team he’s scored more goals against is the 37 potted vs. the Colorado Avalanche in 92 games.
4) Great penalty-kill shift by Johnny Boychuk in the third period with the Bruins hemmed in their own zone after a Brad Marchand penalty. Boychuk blocked a shot, and came out victorious in a one-on-one battle to finally clear the puck with Edmonton holding a shooting gallery in the offensive zone.
5) Four wins in a row for the banged up, flu-ridden Bruins team. Very impressive.
Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2:
1) The Oilers came storming back in the second period, and really took the momentum back from the Bruins. Both teams have 28 shots through two periods, which is usually the kind of total for/against you see for the Bruins at the end of a full 60-minute game. This game is way too loose for the B’s liking.
2) Huge fight between Milan Lucic and Luke Gazdic that might have sparked the Oilers at the beginning of the second period. Both big heavyweights traded bombs with Gazdic getting a couple of big shots in at the end against Lucic, something you almost never see against No. 17. You have to wonder why Lucic engaged with the Bruins comfortably up in the game against a fourth-line player for Edmonton, but it appeared things were bubbling over a little bit.
3) Oilers pulled Devan Dubnyk after the first period, and Jason LaBarbera was excellent in shutting down the Bruins in the middle 20 minutes. On one particular shift, he did a great job of swallowing up a Patrice Bergeron shot from the slot, and then knocking away Reilly Smith’s rebound attempt as well. Ten saves for LaBarbera in the second period.
4) Tough period, on the other hand, by Chad Johnson. He was beaten to the blocker-side by David Perron, while getting screened by Dennis Seidenberg, but then was beaten again by Perron on a wraparound where he A) punched a soft rebound right back to Perron near one post and B) allowed Perron to beat him to the other past on a successful wraparound. Perron has been great for Edmonton this season while deserving plenty of credit, but that was a lackadaisical play by the Black and Gold.
5) Matt Bartkowski looks like he’s playing through the flu tonight. Not playing with a lot of energy, looking sluggish and tired in a game that’s been extremely high-paced throughout.
Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Edmonton Oilers, 3-0:
1) Best period of the season for the Bruins, especially considering all of the illness and injury circumstances. They fired 18 shots on Edmonton for a season-high in any period, and won battles all over the ice while imposing their will on the Oilers. They were getting any shot they wanted from anywhere they wanted. You can see why the Oilers are 29th in the NHL in goals allowed.
2) First goal was a miller. A rolling muffin from Dennis Seidenberg from beyond the left face-off circle that beat Devan Dubnyk after the German defenseman faked pass, and then shot it at the net. It was Seidenberg’s first goal of the season, and continues a parade of strange bounces that lead to his goals.
3) The Justin and Nick Schultz pairing isn’t any match for the Krejci/Lucic/Iginla line. They cycled at will behind the Edmonton net and won every battle along the boards before setting Iginla up for a bullet through a Lucic screen in front of the net. It didn’t even look fair. Three giveaways from Justin Schultz in the first.
4) The Oilers have allowed an NHL-high seven shorthanded goals on the year, and the B’s contribution was a Patrice Bergeron blocked shot that turned into a Bergeron-to-Brad Marchand play. Bergeron showed nice patience and skill im getting the pass across the ice, and Marchand finished with a top shelf bullet.
5) Thirty-two shots in the first period between the two teams. Not a lot of defense going on at this point.