November 10, 2011

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Oilers

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
EDM – 2
BOS – 4

SHOTS
EDM – 17
BOS – 22

Forty minutes are in the books here at the Garden where the Bruins have re-established a two-goal lead over the Oilers.

With 3:50 gone in the second and Jeff Petry in the box, a Joe Corvo blast from the point was redirected by Brad Marchand and past Dubnyk to put Boston back on top by a score of 3-2.

At the 6:24 mark, a wacky ricochet almost found the back of the net but was swatted away by Tom Gilbert. Unfortunately that swipe went off teammate Corey Potter’s boot and by Dubnyk, putting the B’s ahead 4-2.

Tuukka Rask looked shaky again in the second as the Finnish netminder really seemed to be fighting the puck on every stop. Luckily for Boston, he only had to make five of them in the middle frame.

Andy Ference was absent from the Bruins bench at the conclusion of the frame and logged just 1:58 of ice time during the second period.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
EDM – 2
BOS – 2

SHOTS
EDM – 12
BOS – 13

The Bruins jumped ahead 2-0 but a pair of quick strikes got the Oilers right back in it.

Boston got on the board at the 7:11 mark when a blast by Johnny Boychuk beat Devan Dubnyk to make it 1-0.

Only 104 seconds passed before the lead was doubled. Zach Hamill made a nice steal and found Jordan Caron in front. Dubnyk was unaware of where the puck was and a slow-motion shot slipped past both defenseman Ladislav Smid and the Edmonton netminder.

But, a timely timeout from Tom Renney turned things around for the Oilers. Edmonton got the bulk of the chances from there and eventually capitalized.

Ryan Smyth made a nice tip to put a puck past Rask, making it 1-0.

Just 29 seconds later, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sniped a feed from Taylor Hall past Rask to make it 2-0.

Stat sheet: Edmonton won 12-of-21 faceoffs in the opening period. The Oilers also held a 10-6 edge in hits.

PREGAME NOTES

Just about a half hour away from the puck-drop for tonight’s tilt between the Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers.

The two oldest members of each respective team are expected to be watching the entirety of the game from the bench, as Nikolai Khabibulin and Tim Thomas have been given the night off in favor of Devan Dubnyk and Tuukka Rask.

Edmonton has struggled offensively, relying heavily on Khabibulin in the early-going, but Ryan Smyth has been an absolute monster of late. The veteran forward has nine points in the last five games.

Boston will counter that with a first line that’s been on a roll of late. David Krejci has six points in his last two tilts, Nathan Horton broke out with a two-goal game against the Isles and Milan Lucic has found the back of the net in four-straight games and has seven goals in the last seven games.

For Edmonton, Taylor Hall has been a bit cold of late. He’s gone three straight without a point. That’s nothing compared to Eric Belanger, who is pointless in the last 12. He had 40 points in 82 games for Phoenix last season.

Meanwhile, Patrice Bergeron is looking to extend his point streak to eight games.

No Rich Peverley, meaning Zach Hamill will skate alongside Chris Kelly and Jordan Caron on the third line, with Benoit Pouliot already having shifted down to the fourth line with Greg Campbell and Shawn Thornton.