Boston Bruins: 5 takeaways from epic win against Edmonton

Rex Christensen
October 13, 2018

Sometimes it happens with an early one. "You see how it is in Toronto with Matthews and Tavares". "We responded really well".

Thirty-six seconds later, Nordstrom's first goal for Boston made it 3-1 at 15:13.

"We don't give them anything easy. We defended well tonight", Halak said.

Cam Talbot had 28 saves for Edmonton and kept it close, but the Oilers never recovered after Boston took control in the first.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins almost got the Oilers within one goal with a wrist shot from the left hash marks, but Halak made the save at 7:42 of the third period.

"We need to find ways to produce away from Connor as a team, and not just rely on him", Draisaitl admitted after Friday's practice in NY.

"We didn't create a lot of offence and when we finally did, the bounces didn't go our way", Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said. "If I don't want to play with the best player in the world there's something wrong with me".

Patrice Bergeron added an empty-net goal in the final minute.

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Writing on Twitter, Johnson was quick to praise Koepka, saying: "Congratulations.Great season bro.POY well deserved". He's won a major championship there.

"That was special", Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, whose pinch along the boards to keep the puck in the attacking zone made it possible, offered. They have won three straight since getting shut out by Washington 7-0 in the season opener.

Following a career year that saw him set career-highs in goals (35), assists (45), and points (80), Pastrnak is off to a similarly hot start in 2018-19, and has continued to evolve into a more responsible player on and off the ice, according to his coach.

That said, the Oilers have three goals in two games.

Edmonton just missed on two opportunities in the third.

Nugent-Hopkins had a shot on the power play ring off the post in the second period. Host Craig Ellingson and fellow hockey writer Derek Van Diest talk to Matty on Wednesday, Oct. 10, about the Oilers' seemingly uphill climb of the schedule, reaction to their loss in Sweden, lineup changes on the bottom two forward lines, the continuing education of the young defence, including rookie Evan Bouchard, and the notable play of Oilers forward Milan Lucic, who was a bright light in the loss to the Devils.

The Oilers were short-handed a few minutes later when Tobias Rieder got a breakaway on Halak, who stretched out for a save with his left pad to preserve the two-goal lead.

Edmonton isn't a bad team.

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