Bs BEAT OILERS
EDMONTON -- The Bruins scored three goals in the third period to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 at Rogers Place last night.
Boston (37-13-8) remained one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.
David Krejci broke a 2-2 tie from the slot on a set-up from Danton Heinen and David Backes with 1:04 remaining. Noel Acciari and Matt Grzelcyk also scored, and Anton Khudobin made 18 saves.
"I thought [Krejci] has had some jump around the net lately, even though he hadn't had much luck around the net," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "I don't think his linemates [Jake DeBrusk, Ryan Spooner] were as good as they had been the last few games, so we made the switch and it worked out in the end."
Ryan Strome and Jujhar Khaira scored for Edmonton (24-31-4), and Cam Talbot made 42 saves.
Edmonton has lost seven of its past eight games (1-7-0).
"We weren't detailed defensively, I think we got beat a couple of times," Khaira said. "They came out and pushed and we didn't have a response. We need every win we can right now, but those ones hurt. We're up 2-0 and they score three. There is not much to be said, we need to be better."
Strome scored at 18:29 of the first period to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead.
With the teams playing 4-on-4 because of coincidental 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.
Khaira made it 2-0 at 11:38 of the second period on a 3-on-2 rush. Khaira took a pass from Anton Slepyshev in the slot and shot it over Khudobin's glove through a screen.
"I thought in the second period that continued, once we had the 2-0 lead, and came into the [intermission], I didn't think we were very aggressive," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "I thought we played more to protect and we weren't assertive enough and didn't play in their end enough."
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.
Grzelcyk tied it 2-2 at 11:42. He converted a backhand pass from Riley Nash off a rebound from a shot by Charlie McAvoy from the point.
Krejci ended a six-game goalless streak with his second winning goal of the season.
"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," Krejci said. "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."
It was the first time in 14 games this season Edmonton lost when leading after two periods.
"I'm still at a loss right now," Talbot said. "We're up 2-0, we knew that they were going to come. They get a lucky bounce on the first one. [Strome] is doing his job backchecking to the paint. Tough bounce."
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BRUINS OBTAIN DEFENSEMAN FROM NEW YORK RANGERS
Holden, not McDonagh!
BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, February 20, that the team has acquired defenseman Nick Holden from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Rob O'Gara and a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Holden, 30, has skated in 55 games with New York in 2017-18, recording three goals and nine assists for 12 points with 14 penalty minutes. In his first season with the Rangers in 2016-17, Holden skated in 80 games and established career highs in all offensive categories with 11 goals and 23 assists for 34 points with a plus-13 rating. He added two goals and two assists in 11 postseason games
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