Despite carrying a 2-0 lead into the final frame, the Oilers got dropped 3-2 after a third period pounding by the Bruins. Their one-game winning streak is over.
They don't ask how many... they just ask how.— OilersNation.com (@OilersNation) February 21, 2018
3 shots, 1-0 after one..
Ryan Strome opened the scoring with a four-on-four goal in the first period. Since beating the crap out of that water bottle, Strome has had some good luck offensively. He has goals in back-to-back games and nine for the season.
Show of RTs who thought Slepyshev should have shot here.— OilersNation.com (@OilersNation) February 21, 2018
Thank you Khaira much for making us look wrong.
I rolled my eyes when I saw Anton Slepyshev making a pass. I groaned when I saw it was to a trailer with a Bruins back checker present. But it turned out to be the right play. JJ Khaira got the puck in the high slot, fumbled it around for a second, and then fired a perfect shot off the post and past a screened Anton Khudobin.
And then there was the third period. Woof. It started with this weird goal in which Noel Acciari wrapped the puck around the net and banked it off of Ryan Strome and past Cam Talbot.
DeBrusk ➡️ McAvoy ➡️ Nash ➡️ Grzelcyk 🚨— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 21, 2018
This tied it up with 8:18 to play. pic.twitter.com/DdOixKcltv
The Bruins peppered the Oilers net relentlessly, then, finally, they tied it up. Charlie McAvoy got a point shot towards the net and then Oilers legend Riley Nash got the puck and dished it to somebody named Matt Grzelcyk who buried it into the yawning net.
If you’ve watched the 2017-18 Oilers, you knew this was coming. The Bruins worked the puck around down low, the Oilers got caught chasing, David Krejci got left alone at the side of the net, and he made no mistake. Boston took their first lead of the game, the Oilers got a power play with under a minute to go, but couldn’t get it back.
By the numbers
The first two period were played at a pretty even level. But in the third, the Bruins totally took control. Boston had 26 even strength shot attempts in the third while Edmonton only had 10. They also had 14 scoring chances while the Oilers had five. It was pure domination in the third, which is a shame because the Oilers actually played a solid game in the first 40 minutes. But damn, how on earth do you get flattened in the third period by a road team who had just played the night before?
- The Oilers were winning 2-0 at home heading into the third period against a team who played in overtime yesterday but ended up losing 3-2. That’s, well, I just don’t even know anymore. This one really looked like it was in the bag, but in 2017-18 Oilers fashion, the team completely disappeared in the third period. The effort and energy to close this thing out simply wasn’t there and as soon as Boston grabbed the game-tying goal, you just knew they were going to come out with a win. At this point… That’s about all I’ve got.
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