NHL Game Summary - Boston at Edmonton
(Saturday, December 3rd)
Final Score: Boston 5, Edmonton 4 (OT)
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - David Tanabe scored with 30 seconds left in overtime to lead the Boston Bruins to a 5-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
Brad Boyes had two goals and an assist and Tanabe and Patrice Bergeron each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who have won both of their games since trading Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday. Hannu Toivonen made 36 saves in the victory.
Fernando Pisani had two goals and an assist and Todd Harvey and Ryan Smyth each scored for the Oilers, who have lost two of their last three games. Jussi Markkanen made 21 saves in the defeat.
The score was tied at 3-3 going into the final period, but after Boston scored a quick goal, Edmonton, which had blown a 3-0 lead, scored to tie the game again.
A quickly flowing overtime was finished by Tanabe. After Toivonen made a save Brad Isbister picked the puck up and skated it into the Oilers' zone. He flipped a pass to Brian Leetch, who immediately fired a pass to Tanabe in the slot. His one-timer went in between Markkanen's legs to give the Bruins the victory.
It was Tanabe's first goal and first as a member of the Bruins. He was traded from Phoenix two weeks ago.
"It was 21 guys who went out there and played like a team," said Boyes. "After losing a guy like Joe [Thornton] we need everyone to pull together and we did."
The Oilers got two goals separated by 2:16 in the first period.
Harvey picked up the rebound from Marty Reasoner's shot behind the net and beat Toivonen with a wraparound from the right side for his second goal of the season at the 12:57 mark.
Pisani had the puck along the right boards and threw a pass to Smyth in the slot. His one-timer beat Toivonen on the glove side for his team-leading 13th goal of the season with 4:47 left in the opening 20 minutes.
Edmonton increased its lead to 3-0 with a power-play goal at the 4:33 mark of the second period. Shawn Horcoff had the puck deep along the right boards and threw a pass out front that was deflected by a Boston stick. Pisani whacked the bouncing puck into the net for his fifth goal of the year.
However, the Bruins scored three goals separated by 5:27 to tie the game.
Bergeron tipped a pass to Boyes on the let side of the net and he one-timed it in at the 4:33 mark. Brad Stuart hit Sergei Samsonov on a two-on-one and he flicked a wrist shot into the right corner of the net just 1:53 later. Boyes completed the comeback after he got the puck in front of the net from an Oilers turnover and snapped a wrist shot that beat Markkanen on the glove side with 8:07 left in the second period.
"Tough loss," said Pisani. "We had them up 3-0 and let them back in the game. The team that battles back usually makes you pay in the end."
Boston took its first lead of the night just 13 seconds into the last period. Boyes won the opening faceoff and got the puck to Bergeron. He skated into the zone and beat Markkanen with a wrist shot.
"You can write it off to bad breaks around the net," said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. "But it's happening too much, too many mental mistakes, too many turnovers at inopportune times. We outchanced them, outshot them, but they made the most of their chances so we are back feeling like we got run over by a semi right now."
Edmonton tied the game back 3 1/2 minutes later. Pisani smacked in a rebound off an Ethan Moreau shot as he was sliding into the net. The play was reviewed to determine if goaltender interference allowed the puck to go in, but the officials determined the puck crossed the line before the interference and the play was allowed to stand.
Boston will travel to Vancouver for a game on Sunday...Edmonton is off until Thursday when it will play in Philadelphia...Both Pisani and Boyes tied a career-high in points...Boston has won the past five games against Edmonton...This was the only meeting between the two teams this season.
12/04 01:23:51 ET