As the great Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over ’til its over.” The Boston Bruins proved that on Tuesday night.
For the second time in as many days, the Bruins pulled out a victory, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 at Rogers Place on Tuesday.
Capping a dramatic comeback, David Krejci broke a 2-2 tie to deliver the game-winner. The Bruins improve to a record of 37-13-8. Edmonton drops to 24-31-4 on the season.
With the win, the Bruins improve to 2-12-3 when trailing after two periods this season. After the game, Krejci reiterated the importance of staying positive, despite the Bruins recent scoring drought:
“Even though we haven’t been scoring goals the last few games we had so many good looks, and we have the skill to put the puck in the net on this team. Sometimes you are going to go through a few games like that, but you just have to stick with it and it will eventually go in.”
Although they remain one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference, Boston has been surging as of late. The Bruins are 13-1-2 in their last 16 road games. On this five-game road trip, they are 2-1, with two games remaining.
For Edmonton, this tough loss could linger. It was the first time in 14 games this season Edmonton lost when leading after two periods. The Oilers have now lost seven of their past eight games. They took a 2-0 lead into the third period behind goals by centers Ryan Strome and Jujhar Khaira. Cam Talbot made 42 saves in goal for Edmonton.
However, the Bruins went on to score three goals in the third period. Aside from Krejci’s goal, forward Noel Acciari and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk added a tally each. Goaltender Anton Khudobin made 18 saves in net.
Edmonton center, Ryan Strome scored at 18:29 of the first period to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead. With the teams playing 4-on-4, (due to penalties to Bruins defenseman Torey Krug and Oilers defenseman Brandon Davidson) Strome collected the puck off the boards in his own zone, skated down the left side and shot through Khudobin’s pads.
Edmonton center Jujhar Khaira made it 2-0 at 11:38 of the second period on a 3-on-2 rush. Khaira took a pass from left wing Anton Slepyshev in the slot and shot it over Khudobin’s glove through a screen.
Boston forward Noel Acciari scored at 4:37 of the third period to make it 2-1. He banked a wraparound in off Strome’s skate past Talbot.
Boston defenseman Matt Grzelcyk tied it 2-2 at 11:42. He converted a backhand pass from center Riley Nash off a rebound from a shot by defenseman Charlie McAvoy from the point.
Boston center David Krejci scored the game-winning goal from the slot on a set-up from left wing Danton Heinen and forward David Backes with 1:04 remaining. Krejci ended a six-game goal-less streak with his second winning goal of the season.
The Bruins will travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
The Oilers will host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
–Mike D’Abate is a Managing Editor and National Columnist for Full Press Coverage Sports Media. He covers the National Football League and the National Hockey League. Follow him on Twitter @mdabateFPC