Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Monday night was perfect for Bruins fans. They got a taste of the WOW factor that Connor McDavid brings every time he touches the puck, and got to see the B’s grab a road win in Edmonton, anyway, as they outlasted McDavid and the Oilers by a 3-2 final.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, McDavid scored in this game. And he did it early, slipping behind everyone for a free run at Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman, who couldn’t make the bailout save as McDavid ripped a missile through the five-hole to make it 1-0 less than three minutes into the game.

  • But the lead was extremely short-lived, as the Bruins answered just 13 seconds later, and off the stick of an unlikely source. It was fourth-line center Tomas Nosek, who just returned in the previous game from a non-displaced foot fracture, who finished a one-timer from the slot to tie it 1-1.

    The assists on the Nosek goal came from Bruins newcomers Garnet Hathaway and Dmitry Orlov, after some tenacious forechecking along the boards. It was the first point for each of them as Bruins.

  • The Bruins took their first lead later in the period after, believe it or not, a turnover by McDavid. Nick Foligno dropped it off to Charlie Coyle as he gained the zone, then Coyle made a pinpoint pass back to Foligno for the finish.

    Foligno is up to 10 goals on the season, after potting just two in 64 games in the 2021-22 campaign.

  • Edmonton eventually got back to square one thanks to, who else, McDavid. The Oilers superstar scored his 50th goal of the season after once again taking advantage of the overly aggressive Bruins in a 4-on-4 situation. Bruins defenseman Charlie MCavoy was the only man back and had to deal with forechecker Klim Kostin, who fed it in front for a waiting McDavid.

    It’s the first 50-goal season in the career of McDavid, who is already a five-time Art Ross Trophy winner as the NHL’s leading scorer at age 26. He is red-hot even by his standards, with two goals in each of his last four games.

  • Pavel Zacha’s eventual game-winner came on an outstanding individual effort. After David Pastrnak fired the puck toward the net, the puck was up for grabs after deflecting off Zacha. Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner tried to poke-check the loose puck away from danger, but Zacha beat him to the punch by diving and whacking at it, and put it in the net to give the Bruins the lead for good.

    Zacha is up to 14 goals on the season, and is only three behind his career-best total of 17.

  • The Bruins are now 46-8-5 on the season. They have a quick turnaround out in Alberta, where they will now travel to Calgary for a game against the Flames on Tuesday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.

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    Matt Dolloff is a writer and podcaster for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff and follow him on Instagram @realmattdolloff. Check out all of Matt’s content here.

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