Bruins decent again in OT loss to Edmonton, but still tweaking

Ken Laird
December 14, 2015 - 7:18 pm

[caption id="attachment_54631" align="alignright" width="150"] Brad Marchand[/caption] The shots were 49-24 in favor of the Bruins. Shot attempts, also to the B'€™s advantage at 79-41. Heck, in the second period, Edmonton didn'€™t even push a shot in the general direction of Bruins'€™ goalie Jonas Gustavsson for 12:20 of even-strength action, with the first official Oilers shot not registering until 16:39 had elapsed in the frame. However, when the Monday night'€™s action was done, Edmonton left town the winners via a 3-2 overtime final at TD Garden. "€œI thought we played well enough to win the game, unfortunately some of those nights don'€™t always go your way,"€ said head coach Claude Julien. "We came out with one [point] when we should'€™ve come out with two." "€œJust look at the shots, even more than that in scoring chances probably," said forward Max Talbot, echoing his coach'€™s lament. "Especially in that second period. We sustained pressure, one of the best periods of the year. It'€™s disappointing to not get the two points tonight." And considering the team has managed to earn points in 11 of their last 12 contests, it'€™s hard to be too glass-half-empty at the way the 2015-16 Bruins season is trending. Then again -- fluky or not -- the Bruins dug an early hole as Edmonton build a 2-0 lead. And, it took some Julien line-shuffling in the third period with Landon Ferraro replacing Brett Connolly alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, to produce the game-tying goal. "€œWe definitely gave up a point here that we really would have like to have," said Marchand, whose team-leading 15th goal of the year, assisted by Ferraro, tied the game 2-2 with just 4:38 remaining. "At the same time we have to be happy that we came back from two goals again. [But] we never should have been in that position. Definitely still have work to do." Marchand, who tallied a career-best nine shots on goal on the night, continues to display elite finishing ability with now 10 goals scored in his last 13 contests in his normal left wing spot. But with David Pastrnak injured, the team'€™s right winger production outside of Loui Eriksson has been lacking; Connolly has just one goal in his last 19 games, and Jimmy Hayes has none in his past 15. Is recent waiver-wire pickup Ferraro a solution? "€œHe'€™s been playing really well,"€ Marchand said of Ferraro. "€œHe'€™s got some good offensive talent. He works extremely hard and he'€™s really good at getting on the forecheck and turning pucks over. He can make plays, made a really nice pass there [in the third period] and has scored a couple nice goals. He'€™s a really good player." After ten games in a Bruins'€™ jersey, Ferraro now has three goals and three helpers to go with some top-line minutes. "€œJust trying to be the workhorse on the line and get moving for them,"€ Ferraro said. "€œAny opportunity you have to have more ice time and to play with guys like that, it'€™s good. It means you'€™re doing something right. You just have to make sure you keep doing what'€™s gotten you there." However, Julien gave no indication the line switch was permanent; very few combinations have been for the Bruins this year in an up-and-down season. "€œIt just gave that line a little bit of speed there on the forecheck," Julien said of the Ferraro line switch. "I thought he was having a decent game, so I just went with a hunch and put him out there." Decent, to be sure, and somehow fitting in the midst of a decent one-point-out-of-two result, a game in the midst of a decent Bruins season.