5 things we learned as Oilers beat Bruins in overtime

DJ Bean
December 14, 2015 - 4:49 pm
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The Bruins forced overtime, but ultimately failed to get the second point against the Oilers for the second time this season. Andrej Sekera scored 41 seconds into the 3-on-3 session to give Edmonton a 3-2 victory for its sixth straight win. As for the point the Bruins did get, former Bruins general manager and current Oilers president Peter Chiarelli saw one of his best contracts come back to bite him when Brad Marchand scored to tie the game in the third period on his season-high ninth shot on goal. Marchand'€™s snipe off the rush from the right circle pulled the Bruins even in a game in which they trailed despite holding a 49-22 shot advantage in regulation. Boston'€™s 49 shots on goal for the night made for a season-high. The loss should be considered plenty frustrating for the Bruins given their inability to capitalize on the numerous chances they created, yet they should also lament the few opportunities that the Oilers did manage to convert, including backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson playing a shot off the end boards very poorly in the first period and allowing Jordan Eberle to beat him on the rebound as a result. Here are four more things we learned Monday: BRUINS CATCH BREAK The Oilers would have taken a 3-1 lead early in the third were it not for an early whistle. Instead, the Oilers had to swap their goal for an unsuccessful power play. With Jordan Eberle entering the offensive zone, Brad Marchand took some hacks at him to prompt a delayed penalty for hooking. Eberle put a backhander on net and scored on the rebound, but the whistle was blown before his rebound bid because the official did not realize that Gustavsson hadn'€™t covered the puck. Apparently the refs didn'€™t do their homework on the Bruins'€™ "backup." BELESKEY GETS A WEIRD ONE Matt Beleskey hasn'€™t had the best luck in the world this season, as he entered Monday'€™s game with just three goals on the season. His fourth suggested his luck might be turning, as it wasn'€™t even clear whether he was trying to put the puck on net or just put in front for a teammate. Either way, Cam Talbot somehow let it go in.

SECOND PERIOD DOMINANT AGAIN On Saturday, the Panthers went the first 8:26 of the second period without attempting a shot. On Monday, the Oilers had a whopping 12:20 stretch without attempting a shot and didn'€™t land their first shot of the period until 16:39 in. In the meantime, the Bruins managed to come within one on Beleskey'€™s goal. CHARA WIPES OUT Claude Julien paired Zdeno Chara with Adam McQuaid recently in hopes of making a shutdown pairing. That was going swimmingly for the Bruins early in Monday'€™s game, with the Chara-McQuaid pairing giving Edmonton'€™s top line of Leon Draisaitl between Taylor Hall and Teddy Purcell nothing, but a literal slip-up from Chara against the Oilers'€™ second line cost the B'€™s. Trying to retrieve a puck in the corner, Chara wiped out, causing Jordan Eberle to take the puck and send it in front for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who eventually beat Gustavsson to make it a 2-0 game at 13:58 of the first. Chara did pick up another point, earning the secondary helper on Beleskey'€™s goal. With the assist, Chara now has six points (two goals, four assists) in the last seven games).
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