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I Think I've Seen This Film Before And I Didn't Like The Ending: Bruins' Self Inflicted Mistakes Cost Them Vs. Oilers

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Stop me if you heard this before, but a piss poor defensive performance once again led to a Bruins' loss… the first loss on home ice this year. Let's get into it.


David Pastrnak opened the scoring, Patrice Bergeron sprung him and 88 beat Koskinen five hole. 1-0 Bruins.

Evan Bouchard responded shortly after, 44 seconds later to be exact, to tie it 1-1. Quite a snipe.

High tempo first period as expected between these two teams. Couple of great chances for both. B's struggled with their breakouts a bit, Edmonton did a really good job sealing the walls off in the neutral zone. B's needed to get PUCKS IN DEEP.


Brad Marchand collected a deflection off Evan Bouchard and buried the back hand to regain the lead for the Bruins. 2-1.

24 seconds later Zach Hyman tied the game. Another response goal from the Oilers immediately after the Bruins. 2-2.

With less than 3 to go in the 2nd a bomb from Brandon Carlo gave the Bruins' the lead ONCE AGAIN. 3-2 Bruins.


Brandon Carlo fumbled the puck and Leon Draisaitl made him pay. Touuuuuugh giveaway. 3-3.

With 10:34 to go Leon Draisaitl tapped in the go-ahead goal. First lead of the night for the Oilers. 4-3. 3:04 between goals. 

Yet another self inflected mistake on defense led to Cody Ceci extending the Oilers lead to 5-3.

FINAL: Edmonton 5, Boston 3

News, notes and quotes:

- Nick Foligno & Anton Blidh both returned to the lineup tonight. Trent Frederic did not play after getting hurt last Tuesday vs. Ottawa. Craig Smith slid down to play with Jake DeBrusk & Erik Haula.

- The Bruins have scored first in 8 of 11 games this season. David Pastrnak opened the scoring (and loves playing the Oilers), he has 8 goals, 2 assists in 10 games against them including his goal tonight.

- Brad Marchand recorded his 6th of the year. The top line has accounted for 15 of the the Bruins' 29 goals this year…  (51%). Once again, where is the secondary scoring.

- The B's couldn't hold onto a lead tonight to save their lives… immediate responses from Edmonton after both Pastrnak and Marchand's goals.

- Connor McDavid is an absolute treat to watch. He split the B's D no less than 100 times. Derek Forbort (and Brandon Carlo) will have nightmares about him. Speed is incredible. Pretty shocking the B's held him to just one point.

- Tough defense in the 3rd, especially with 3-2 lead… and you'll never believe what happened next…

- Brandon Carlo giveth, Brandon Carlo taketh away. Just a brutal flub for Carlo and Draisaitl made him pay. Draisaitl once again got the inside position on Carlo minutes later to give the Oilers the lead. Brutal.

- Cody Ceci danced around DeBrusk as well to set up Draisaitl's 2nd of the game. Thought it was a tough night for the 3rd line. Not sure if Craig Smith is still dealing with that nagging injury but he hasn't looked right.

- Just another night with piss poor defense. Self inflicted. Leaky. It was a winnable game going into the 3rd up a goal. Horrible effort. It's starting to become a theme with this team. Gotta figure it out.

- Linus Ullmark got the start in net tonight. Thought he had a strong game despite the score. I imagine it'll be Swayman vs. NJD and Ullmark back in net Sunday vs. the Habs. 

Bruins & Oilers honor and remember Colby Cave: his widow dropped the ceremonial puck, game used sticks from tonight's game will be auctioned off with proceeds going to Cave's memorial fund. ( to bid).

B's are back at it Saturday afternoon against the Devils.