Edmonton Oilers at Boston Bruins
Goals: Johnny Boychuk (Boston), Jordan Caron (Boston), Ryan Smyth x2 (Edmonton), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton), Brad Marchand x2 (Boston), Tyler Seguin (Boston), Milan Lucic (Boston)
Goalies: Tuukka Rask (.900%), Devan Dubnyk (.786%)
Two Us, two Ks, two wins in a row for Tuukka! I know that doesn’t seem like much, but considering the October struggles with Tuukka in net, it’s good to see the team play so well in front of him.
The goal by Johnny Boychuk came after a good strong play of fishing the puck out of the corner and just moving it deftly into position. This effectiveness also helped set up the Jordan Caron goal, his first of the season, although it happened more than a minute after the first goal! They did come quickly enough that Edmonton needed to take its timeout.
Once upon a time, Bruins fans joked that our power play was a good time to go take care of things away from the TV. Now, though, there’s not much of that anymore. We got two power play goals this evening and therefore have netted PPGs in four consecutive games. Wait until TV timeouts or intermissions to get your snacks, folks!
I’m just going to keep saying “That Tyler Seguin is so hot right now” until my fingers fall off, but it’s true. The guy is on fire. Maybe he’s trying to show that he shouldn’t have been snubbed from the All-Star Game fan ballot. Oh, more on that later.
Tonight his linemate Brad Marchand shook off a slight case of the doldrums with Marchand scoring twice, once unassisted.
Joe Corvo had a three-point night, notching assists on a Marchand, Seguin and Lucic goal. He even got second star of the game!
Well, after taking the timeout, Edmonton answered with two quick goals to tie up the score. They clearly used their timeout effectively and Boston needed to wake up after that bad awakening. Thankfully, they did.
A pretty weak high-sticking call on Patrice Bergeron (seriously?) led him to the box and while on the resulting power play, Edmonton scored. NESN replayed the incident and honestly it looked like Jordan Eberle kinda nicked himself with his own stick. It was unusual to see the normally well-behaved Bergeron heading to the sin bin and he didn’t seem too pleased about it.
I come to praise Tuukka and to criticize him. During the game, there were a few flubbed saves that could have ended in even more Edmonton goals if not for quick-thinking teammates. He also seems much less likely to simply stop a puck and more likely to try to keep it in play. Tuukka, there’s nothing wrong with covering it up and forcing a faceoff!
vs. Buffalo Sabres
The Bruins are going to be right in the middle of a five-game home stand and have won the past two with six goals each. The Sabres just came off a 6-5 overtime win versus Failapeg in which the two teams traded leads back and forth and Ryan Miller wasn’t even sure he’d play. Hmmmm…