Edmonton Oilers score dramatic win over Boston Bruins

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The Edmonton Oilers won their fifth in a row, rallying for a 2-1 overtime win over the Boston Bruins Tuesday night.

The Oilers carried most of the play in the first period but found themselves shorthanded late in the frame.

Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner made a diving blocker save to deny Brad Marchand’s shot from the right wing.

Skinner made another big save on a David Pastrnak one-timer midway through the second. Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk had a partial breakaway later, but Skinner snared the puck under his right pad.

The Bruins finally broke through 4:26 into the third when Pavel Zacha wired in a pass from Danton Heinen on a two-on-one.

The Oilers went on a power play with 5:08 left when Trent Frederic was charged with holding Connor McDavid. Leon Draisaitl had the Oilers’ only shot on the man advantage but was stopped by Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark.

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Oilers centre Ryan McLeod had a look at an open net from the right side with 2:48 left, but he fired the puck across the crease and wide.

With Skinner on the bench for an extra attacker, Draisaitl ticked a shot on Ullmark. The puck flipped up in the air, landed behind Ullmark, and skittered over the line to make it 1-1.

“At the end of the day, you need one shot, one play to be made”, Draisaitl said after the game.

“We’ve got a lot of great players on our group that in tight moments can make a play.”

In overtime, McDavid sent a cross-ice pass to Draisaitl, who powered a one-timer through Ullmark to end it.

“Nice couple moves by (McDavid) there, nice play by him to me,” Draisaitl said as he recalled the winning goal. “Obviously got very lucky with that shot.”

Edmonton Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl (29) raises his stick after his goal against Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark in overtime of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 5, 2024, in Boston. The Oilers won 2-1. Charles Krupa/The Associated Press

McDavid had two assists to get to 99 points. Skinner earned the win with 25 saves.

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“There wasn’t too much physicality, but there was almost no room for it,” Oilers forward Mattias Janmark said. “(The Bruins) are a really structured team. We played a really good structured game.

“Their goalie came up with some big saves, but I think the chances were limited both sides just because you got two good teams that defended really well tonight,” Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch said.

The Oilers (38-20-2) will visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. You can listen to the game live on 630 CHED, beginning with The Faceoff Show at 3:30 p.m. The actual game starts at 5 p.m.

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