Hits & Misses: Backup Johnson stands tall

Hits & Misses: Backup Johnson stands tall
December 13, 2013, 2:15 am
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Chad Johnson turns away the Oilers' Taylor Hall for one of his 39 saves.

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Here are the hits and misses from the B’s 4-2 victory over the Oilers at Rexall Place in Edmonton on Thursday night.

HITS
*Chad Johnson had a tough second period (a Dennis Seidenberg screen led to the first Edmonton goal, and a slow post-to-post movement left the far post open for a David Perron wraparound on the second goal), but was outstanding overall with 39 saves in his sixth win of the season. Johnson wasn’t perfect against an Edmonton team that fired a lot of shots in an up-and-down game, but he was good enough to win while being better than the Edmonton goaltending.

*Jarome Iginla powered in two of Boston’s four goals, had a plus-3 rating and is picking up the goal-scoring pace after a lull over the last few weeks. He’s got three goals in his last three games.

*Four blocked shots, three registered hits and two points in 22:04 of ice time for Dennis Seidenberg, who opened up the scoring for Boston with his first goal of the season. Never mind that it was a prayer from beyond the left face-off circle, it was a fortunate bounce for a player in Seidenberg that deserved a break. He made a nice play cycling down low on a pinch to help set up Iginla’s first goal as well.

*Five blocked shots in a team-best 25:41 for Johnny Boychuk in front of all his family and friends in Edmonton. None was bigger than his blocked shot on the penalty kill while protecting a one-goal lead in the third period. Boychuk was the key part of a PK unit that snuffed out the Oil despite ace penalty killers Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille and Loui Eriksson all out with injuries.

*Two assists and a plus-2 in 19:01 of ice time for David Krejci, who helped dominate the Edmonton D pairing of Justin and Nick Schultz whenever they were out on the ice.

*David Perron was awesome for the Oilers. He scored both of their goals, was involved in every scrum at the end of his shift and wasn’t backing down from any of the physicality against the Bruins. Perron finished with 11 shot attempts in 23:21 of ice time, and then scored on a bomb from the right circle, and a wraparound hustle play that beat a host of Bruins defenders.

*Bruins sucked it up with six regular contributors missing and a stomach virus that’s been coursing through their dressing room, and managed to win their fourth game in a row despite feeling far lass than 100 percent. The B’s are triumphing over their own adversity on the trip, and the rest of the league is taking notice of that.

MISSES
*Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner were both a minus-4 for Edmonton, and were on the ice for every goal scored by the Bruins. Dreadful night for that twosome. Jordan Eberle couldn’t finish off a number of offensive chances for the Oil.

*Torey Krug finished with a season-low 12:19 of ice time and skated only five shifts in the third period following the second period wraparound goal allowed to Perron. Krug was a little late covering the post, as was Johnson as he attempted to get himself in position for the wraparound with little success.

*Devan Dubnyk might not play again in Edmonton for a long, long time after allowing the knuckling Seidenberg shot to score on him from long distance. Dubnyk might have been fooled when it looked like Seidenberg was going to pass the puck, but that was just a crafty move by the German defenseman. After allowing three goals in the first period, Dubnyk was pulled for a much more effective Jason LaBarbera.

*Nineteen giveaways by the Oilers, a wide open slot whenever the Bruins wanted to get a chance from there, and a real lack of defensive presence against a Krejci/Lucic/Iginla line that stomped all over Edmonton in its own end.