Snapshots: Bruins vs. Oilers
In-game news, notes and numbers.
BOSTON BRUINS (34-16-3) VS. EDMONTON OILERS (18-32-6)
3:31 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 4, EDM 0
BRUINS BEAT THE OILERS: The Boston Bruins topped the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday afternoon by a score of 4-0 as Chad Johnson picks up his second career shutout and first as a Bruin. The Black & Gold received goals from David Krejci, Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug (PP) to propel them to their 35th win of the season. The Bruins are back in action on Tuesday, February 4 against the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden.
HAMILTON SCORES: With 13:17 to go in the third period, Dougie Hamilton notched his sixth goal of the season on a beautiful wraparound bid after scooping up a rebound behind the Edmonton net. Earning assists on the play were Zdeno Chara and Carl Soderberg. With the point, Soderberg extends his point streak to four straight games notching one goal and three assists during that span.
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
KELLY GOES OFF FOR INTERFERENCE: With just under five minutes to go in the second period, Chris Kelly was called for high-sticking. 41 Seconds into the power play, Jordan Eberle was called for interference, yielding 1:19 of four-on-four play. Neither team was able to sustain much pressure during the four-on-four session which then led to a Bruins 41 second man-advantage. The power play unit for the Bruins didn’t fare much better in terms of developing chances, as the score remains 1-0 in favor of the Bruins with just over to minutes to go.
ERIKSSON’S GOAL WON'T COUNT: At the 11:28 mark, Loui Eriksson redirected a pin-point pass from a driving Matt Bartkowski past Scrivens, with what would have been the Bruins' second goal of the game. The goal, however, was waived off as the NHL ruled that Eriksson had performed a distinct kicking motion to redirect the puck in the net. Bruins still lead 1-0 with just over ten minutes to go in the second period.
1:32 p.m. – First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, EDM 0
BRUINS POWER PLAY: At the 1:30 mark the Bruins were awarded a power play when Ryan Smith was called for hooking. The Black & Gold PP unit demonstrated good puck movement, generating few solid chances on net, but Oilers netminder Ben Scrivens stood tall and weathered the B’s attack to keep the game scoreless. At 7:52 the Bruins were given another two-minute power play when Edmonton's Jeff Petry was given four-minute double minor for roughing and hooking, while Gregory Campbell was slapped with a roughing minor. The B's, however, were unable to convert on their second straight power play but do appear to have generated some positive momentum and energy approaching the final minutes of the first period.
BRUINS GO ON THE PK: At the 12:45 mark the B’s went on the PK for the first time this game when Chris Kelly was called for hooking. The Bruins PK managed to hold strong and even generated a shorthanded opportunity with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, but the Oilers managed to stymie the chance. The B's managed to keep the puck out of their own zone for a majority of the PK, escaping without surrenering a goal.
THORNTON AND GAZDIC TANGLE: Fewer than four minutes into the game Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton and Edmonton’s Luke Gazdic dropped the mitts right out in front of the Oilers bench. The bout was short, but spirited, before the two were separated and sent to their respective sin bins to serve their five minute fighting majors. Entering tonight, the Bruins have compiled a 17-9-0 record this season in games where they have been assessed a fighting major.
12:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. EDM
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Johnson (9-3-0, 2.30 GAA, .919 Save %) vs. Scrivens (9-7-4, 1.93 GAA, .937 Save %). Johnson is 1-0-1 with a 1.95 GAA and .935 save % in two career games against Edmonton. Scrivens is 0-2-0 with a 5.11 GAA and .789 save % in two career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS OILERS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Oilers will meet for the 67th time tonight in their franchise histories. The B’s have compiled a 43-17-6-0 record in those matchups and have outscored Edmonton, 247-189. The Black & Gold are 24-6-3-0 in their 33 lifetime meetings against the Oilers in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 137-83 in those contests. Boston is unbeaten by Edmonton in their last eight home games at 7-0-1-0 with their last home loss coming to the Oilers in a 6-0 loss on November 7, 1996.
STREAKING: Sweden natives Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg enter today’s matchup riding three-game point streaks, each notching one goal and two assists during that span. Oilers forward Taylor Hall rides a point streak of his own, recording 1-8=9 totals in his last six games.
MATINEE & THIRD JERSEY SUCCESS: The Bruins have played nine matinee games thus far this season and have compiled a 7-1-1 in such contests. In total, the Bruins will play 17 afternoon games this season… The B’s will be wearing their third uniform system this afternoon for the ninth time this season. The Black & Gold have racked up a 6-2-0 record in their third jerseys.
BOSTON BRUINS CASINO NIGHT: Tonight, the Bruins will host their annual “Casino Night” benefiting the Boston Bruins Foundation, which will feature the current Bruins roster and Bruins alumni. Fans will have the opportunity to play at casino tables alongside current and former Bruins players from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Westin Boston Waterfront. At 8:00 p.m. the Bruins will honor their friend Sam Berns who lost his battle to Progeria earlier this month. There will be a video tribute for Sam followed by a special presentation by Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara to Sam’s aunt, Audrey Gordon. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Progeria Research Foundation, of which Gordon is the President and Executive Director.
193 AND COUNTING: Following Thursday’s home game against the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins have sold out 193 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than four years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
OILERS NOTEBOOK: Former Bruin and Oilers Captain Andrew Ference is expected to make his return to the lineup tonight after missing the last three games with a head injury. Ference signed as a free agent with the Oilers on July 5, 2013 after spending seven seasons with Boston… Entering today, forward Taylor Hall leads the Oilers in point production with 54 tallies (19 goals, 35 assists)… Edmonton goaltender Ben Scrivens is coming off a 3-0 shutout of the San Jose Sharks on 1/29 where he made 59 saves, which broke the Oilers “single game saves” record previously held by Bill Ranford (54 saves). The performance also set a new NHL record for “most saves in a regulation shutout”, breaking Mike Smith’s (Phoenix) record of 54.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 30-for-151 (19.9%, T-9th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 145-for-176 (82.4%, T-12th NHL)… Oilers power play: 35-for-194 (18.0%, 18th NHL), Oilers penalty kill: 154-for-189 (81.5%, T-15th NHL).