CSNNE.com Bruins insider Joe Haggerty passes out the superlatives from the B's 4-2 victory in Edmonton on Thursday night.
GOLD STAR: It almost looked like he would be the goat in the second period when David Perron beat him on a wraparound goal, but Chad Johnson stepped up with a 39-save winning effort against the Oilers. Edmonton outshot the Bruins 13-2 in the final 20 minutes as the clearly gassed Boston skaters limped to the finish line. Johnson was the backbone that never broke behind the B’s defense. Johnson has improved to 6-1-1 with a 1.98 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage backing up Tuukka Rask. The Bruins will gladly take that for the rest of the season.
BLACK EYE: Taylor Hall had three shots on net and seven shot attempts generated offensively, which was good. But he was also a minus-4 along with Sam Gagner, which means he was on the ice for every single goal against that the Bruins scored. It’s further proof that the Oilers have plenty to bring to the table offensively, but also have a lot of improvements to make defensively. Those skill forward need to be able to at least hold their offensively, and they didn’t do that on Thursday night.
TURNING POINT: Brad Marchand and Dennis Seidenberg both called for penalties in the third period with the Bruins hanging onto a one-goal lead, and the B’s penalty kill helped secure the victory. Johnny Boychuk did yeoman’s work on the the shift killing the Marchand penalty with a blocked shot. He then had a clear attempt out of a one-on-one battle win as the B’s skaters had been hemmed into the defensive zone. The B’s were outshot by a 13-2 margin in the third period altogether, but the Edmonton power plays were the tensest moments in a white-knuckle third period.
HONORABLE MENTION: It came 48 hours later than Jarome Iginla might have dreamt it up, but the 36-year old right winger scored a pair of goals along with a plus-3 rating in the victory over the Oilers. It would have been great to have that kind of effort in his Calgary homecoming, but it wasn’t meant to be. Iginla finished with five shot attempts in 16:22 of ice time, and his first goal was the final result on Boston’s most dominant shift of the game. Iginla has three goals in his past three games, and appears to be hitting a hot streak for the Black and Gold.
BY THE NUMBERS: 36 – the numbers of career goals scored against the Edmonton Oilers in 90 games for Iginla, the second-most of any team in his career, just behind the 37 scored against the Colorado Avalanche in 92 games.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “For whatever reason, I seem to score those funny goals." –Dennis Seidenberg to NESN between the first and second period after his knuckling shot somehow got past Devan Dubnyk to open up the scoring in the first period.