The Bruins scored four goals but it wasn’t enough to as they got steamrolled by the Oilers in Thursday night’s matchup.
Between pulling starting goalie Tuukka Rask midway through the second and Matt Beleskey taking a Patrice Bergeron slap shot to the head, this game was never really in favor of the B’s.
The seven goals given up by the B’s have been the most under interim head coach Bruce Cassidy.
In the first:
It didn’t take long for the Oilers to jump out to an early 2-0 lead when they received a pair of goals from Patrick Maroon just 59 seconds apart.
Aside from scoring his pair of goals, he also dropped the gloves with Adam McQuaid. Zdeno Chara also got involved in a scrap in the first against Zach Kassian.
David Desharnais helped put the home team up by three when he sent the puck to Benoit Pouliot who was able to beat Rask.
The Bruins got on the board when David Pastrnak was fed a pass from the NHL league-leader in goals, Brad Marchand, to make the game 3-1 and with just over two minutes left to play in the opening 20, Marchand scored his 37th goal of the season to bring the B’s within one.
But Edmonton would take a two-goal lead into the locker rooms when time expired when Anton Slepyshev lit the lamp for the fourth goal for the Oilers.
In the second:
Much like the first, Edmonton got off to a quick start in the second when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins netted a power play goal just two minutes into the period.
Cassidy had seen enough and pulled his goalie and replaced him with backup Anton Khudobin.
The black and gold continued to fight back when Dominic Moore scored a shorthanded goal to make it 5-3, but the B’s could never really figure out Edmonton.
The Oilers went back up by three after a turnover by McQuaid led to Leon Draisaitl scoring before Lucic netted a power play goal to give his team a four-goal cushion.
With 32 seconds left in the second, David Krejci scored a power play goal of his own to make the game 7-4,
In the third:
There were no more goals scored after the second, although it looked as if it was going to be 8-4 in the third when Slepyshev had a breakaway but Khudobin stopped him and kept the game 7-4.
With 11 seconds left, Bergeron tried to make it 7-5 but instead shot the puck and it went right off the head of Beleskey, who fell to the ground holding his face. He needed help getting off the ice.
The Bruins would skate off the ice losing 7-4 after winning their previous four games.
Though there has been no official update on Beleskey’s condition, he did take to Twitter to tell everyone he was OK.
— Matt Beleskey (@Matt_Beleskey) March 17, 2017
My three stars:
3) Matt Beleskey for taking a slap shot to the side of the face and finding some humor in it.
2) David Pastrnak for continuing his dominance on the ice and extending his point-streak to 11 games.
1) Brad Marchand for scoring another goal and picking up some assists on a bad night for the Bruins.
What’s Bruin next:
Boston has the weekend off as they prepare to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs (32-23-14) on Monday. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.If you want MORE coverage of your team, check out Bruins Beat Podcast here on CLNS Radio! The latest episode is below!