Bruins beat Oilers for fifth straight win, 3-2

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Bruins beat Oilers for fifth straight win, 3-2

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com
EDMONTON The Bruins were aware Sunday's game against the Oilers, against a team that already has its eye on next season, had "trap" written all over it.
Coming off an impressive win over the Canucks on Saturday night, the potential was there drop a dud on the ice.But the Bs played hard, physical hockey and managed to pull out a 3-2 victory at snowy Rexall Place over the lowly Oilers. It was Boston's fifth straight win and pushes them to 5-0 on a six-game road trip that winds up with a game against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.The difference in the game ended up being Rich Peverleys first point as a member of the Bruins. Michael Ryder set up the play by patiently hanging onto the puck in the slot area to draw defenders, and then found a wide-open Peverley for the strike late in the second period, which gave Boston a 3-1 lead.
At the time it seemed to be just insurance after first-period goals from Michael Ryder and Nathan Horton, but a third-period Gilbert Brule score made things a bit more interesting down the stretch in the final 20 minutes.The Oilers jumped on Boston quickly with an Ales Hemsky strike little more than a minute into the game, but Ryder and Horton paced a 15-shot attack for the Bs in the first period. Horton preceded his goal with a brutally quick fight against Theo Peckham that ended with the Bs winger dropping the Oilers scrapper with a strong right hand to his face.Brad Marchand had his first NHL fight against Andrew Cogliano in the third period, and Milan Lucic threw down with Jim Vandermeer in a pretty epic heavyweight battle when the Oilers had taken some of the games momentum. Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Blidh plans to bring some energy to Bruins after call-up

Blidh plans to bring some energy to Bruins after call-up

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Anton Blidh plans on keeping things pretty straightforward on his first call-up to the NHL. 

The former sixth-round pick of the Bruins has earned his stripes at the AHL level with Providence over the last couple of seasons, and comes to Boston as a gritty, energy forward capable of stirring things up in otherwise sleepy games. There’s also a bit of offensive upside for a fourth line-type player with five goals and nine points with 22 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating in 19 games for the P-Bruins this season. 

It remains to be seen if the Blidh call-up means that the Bruins intend to scratch a player or that somebody is questionable for Saturday afternoon’s game in Buffalo, but Patrice Bergeron did miss Friday’s practice without any real defined reason for his absence. The 21-year-old Swede said he plans to play to his strengths if he gets into the lineup for the Black and Gold, and that could mean getting under the skin of his Sabres opponents. 

“It’s my first time called up, so I’m happy,” said Blidh, who was asked what he'll bring if he gets into the lineup. “I’ll just play simple and play my own game: be hard on the puck and play with some energy. I worked hard [in Providence] and then I got some confidence. I’m not a goal-scorer, but I scored a couple of goals and got some confidence.”

Claude Julien hasn’t been able to catch up Blidh’s work since the season got started, but was pleased by the youngster’s progress in training camp, where he earned notice for his feisty, physical play on a line with Noel Acciari. 

“They said he’s playing well, so they brought him up. We’ll get to see him, hopefully tomorrow,” said Julien. “I didn’t hear a ton of fine details aside from him being a guy that was certainly playing with a lot of energy. I didn’t mind him in training camp either. He works really hard and competes hard, and we could use that.”

That would certainly be the case after watching the Bruins go through the motions for long stretches Thursday night against Carolina before essentially stealing a game that they didn’t deserve to win. 

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.