Bruins’ 10-game profitable streak snapped by Oilers
BOSTON — The Boston Bruins shut down NHL scoring chief Connor McDavid. They saved Leon Draisaitl off the scoresheet, too. It nonetheless wasn’t sufficient to beat the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night time.
The Oilers escaped a scare when McDavid limped off the ice late of their 3-2 win over the Bruins — minutes after Darnell Nurse scored the tiebreaking aim with 4:49 remaining.
McDavid returned, however was held and not using a level for simply the seventh time all season. It was the primary time since New Year’s Eve, when McDavid was scoreless and Draisaitl did not play, that neither registered some extent.
“I can’t believe they didn’t get a point. I mean, they should get a point every night, right?” stated goalie Stuart Skinner, who made 26 saves to snap Boston’s 10-game profitable streak and deprive the Bruins of an opportunity to grow to be the primary crew within the league to clinch a playoff berth this season.
“Our top dogs here, I think they did a unbelievable job defensively,” Skinner stated. “They’ve been doing such a good job in our end lately and, obviously they’re still a massive threat offensively.”
McDavid struggled to the bench after a knee-on-knee collision with teammate Derek Ryan. But the two-time league MVP returned to assist the Oilers maintain on when Boston pulled goalie Jeremy Swayman for an additional skater within the closing minutes.
Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft stated he did not see the collision, however was glad McDavid was capable of return.
“My mind was on the play,” he stated. “But he felt good enough to finish the game, so I felt good about that.”
Boston led 2-0 after one, however Evan Bouchard scored within the second and Ryan McLeod tied it six minutes into the third. Nurse scored the game-winner on a wrist shot previous a screened Swayman to offer the Oilers their fourth win in 5 tries.
“I just said to myself, ‘I’ve got to lock it down for the next 40 [minutes]. And if I do that, it will at least give the guys a chance to win,'” Skinner stated. “If I’m going to be honest, I was very excited after the game. … This one, this one feels really good.”
Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored, and Swayman stopped 19 photographs for the Bruins (49-9-5), who may have set an NHL report because the fastest-ever to 50 wins.
McDavid leads the NHL with 54 targets — 9 greater than Pastrnak, who’s second — in addition to 70 assists and 124 factors. Draisaitl is fifth within the league with 41 targets and second with 96 factors.
It was the primary time all season the Oilers gained a recreation with out both of them recording some extent.
“It felt like a playoff game,” Woodcroft stated. “In playoff games sometimes there’s a ‘saw-off’ between the best players on both teams and other people have to find ways to to contribute. If you look up and down our roster, we have numerous people that can find the back of the net and that’s what you need as you come down the stretch here.”