5 things we learned as Bruins' win streak ends in shootout loss to Oilers

DJ Bean
December 02, 2015 - 7:29 pm
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The Bruins'€™ five-game win streak ended against an unlikely opponent, as the B'€™s suffered a 3-2 shootout loss against the lowly Oilers Wednesday night in Edmonton. The Oilers, who entered the game dead last in the NHL with 18 points, held down the fort against Boston'€™s offense, with Boston managing to get just a pair of goals past Anders Nilsson, both of which came from defensemen. The B'€™s did not score a goal in the shootout, with Jordan Eberle scoring the only goal of the skills competition. The Bruins appeared headed for a regulation loss as they trailed the Oilers by a 2-1 score late, but a third-period Zdeno Chara goal pulled the B'€™s even. David Krejci fed Chara in the slot, with Chara beating Nilsson to tie the game with 3:21 remaining in regulation. Torey Krug scored Boston's other goal. The teams then played to a scoreless but exciting overtime that saw the sides trade chances and Boston take a late penalty. Matt Beleskey shoved Ryan Nugent-Hopkins into the net at 3:54 of the extra period, earning Beleskey an interference penalty and shaking up Tuukka Rask a bit. Rask would stay in the game. The Bruins will continue their road trip Friday in Calgary against the Flames, who entered Thursday with the second-worst record in the league. Here are four more things we learned Wednesday: RASK COVERS UP FOR MISTAKES Tuukka Rask had a terrific night against an Oilers team with plenty of young offensive firepower. He came up huge on a Taylor Hall breakaway in the first period, first stopping Hall and then managing to get a glove on Jordan Eberle'€™s follow-up bid. A bad turnover around the net from Zach Trotman late in the second period led to another Grade A scoring chance for the Oilers, but Rask stopped Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to keep the game tied. POWER PLAY GIVES ONE UP While Rask bailed his teammates out for much of the game'€™s opening 40 minutes, he wasn'€™t able to do so when a line change during a second-period Bruins power play led to a shorthanded 2-on-1 for the Oilers. With just Torey Krug back against Matt Hendricks and Mark Letestu, Krug committed to Hendricks with Colin Miller giving chase. Miller couldn'€™t catch up in time, however, and Hendricks dished the puck to Letestu, who beat Rask for the game'€™s first goal. That wasn'€™t the extent of that power play'€™s frustrations for the Bruins. Both Krug and Zdeno Chara hit the post during that man advantage, which came on a weak interference call against Eric Gryba. Letestu and Hendricks struck again in the third period for the go-ahead goal with 10:38 remaining in regulation. MORE 3-ON-3 FOR VATRANO It was no surprise to see Frank Vatrano take regular shifts during the 3-on-3 overtime. After all, it was Vatrano who scored the game-winner in OT on Nov. 25 against the Red Wings. Vatrano skated on a center-less pair with Matt Beleskey in the extra period prior to Beleskey's penalty. Boston's other forward pairs during 3-on-3 were Patrice Bergeron with Brad Marchand and David Krejci with Loui Eriksson. HEALTHY SCRATCH FOR KEVAN MILLER Kevan Miller was activated off injured reserve, but the B'€™s opted to keep him in the press box for Wednesday'€™s game. Given that the Bruins had won all five games since he'€™d gone out of the lineup with a concussion, the move wasn'€™t a huge surprise. Miller sitting meant that Colin Miller and Zach Trotman both got to stay in the lineup. Joe Morrow remains a healthy scratch.

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