The Edmonton Oilers offence exploded for the second straight game as they knocked off the Boston Bruins 7-4 Thursday night at Rogers Place.
The scoring started early, with Partick Maroon netting a power play goal 4:29 in. Maroon struck again 59 seconds later, converting a deft goal mouth pass from Connor McDavid. Less than three minutes, David Desharnais’ centring pass went in off Benoit Pouliot, giving Pouliot goals in two straight games. The Bruins replied with goals from David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand. Anton Slepyshev made it 4-2 Oilers in the final minute of the first, batting a puck out of the air and over the shoulder of Tuukka Rask.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a power play goal 2:06 into the second. That was it for Rask, who allowed five goals on 18 shots. Anton Khudobin took over in net. Dominic Moore came back with a shorthanded strike for Boston. Leon Draisaitl beat Khudobin short side at 6:46 to put the Oilers up 6-3. That gave Draisaitl 60 points on the year, moving him past Marco Sturm for the most points ever in a season by a German-born player. Milan Lucic added the Oilers third power play goal of the night at 14:39. The Bruins responded when David Krecji blasted home a shot on a two-man advantage with 31.5 ticks left in the session.
After a wild first two periods, there was no scoring in the third.
McDavid had three assists while Marchand had a goal and two assists. They’re tied for the NHL scoring lead with 79 points each.
Cam Talbot made 32 saves for the win. Maroon scored five goals in two games against the Bruins this season.
The Oilers improve to 37-24-9 and move one point ahead of the Calgary Flames for third in the Pacific Division. After beating Dallas 7-1 on Tuesday, the Oilers have scored seven goals in back-to-back home games for the first time since December of 1988.
The Oilers will host Vancouver on Saturday. (jrw)