Thursday, January 5, 2017

Maroon's hat trick leads Oilers to 4-3 win over Bruins


Edmonton Oilers @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on January 5, 2017.
Oilers goalie Cam Talbot and forward Patrick Maroon's hat trick led the Oilers to a 4-3 win over the struggling Bruins, on a night where they honored legendary Bruin Milt Schmidt. It was definitely a frustrating and disappointing loss for Bruins fans.

Quick game summary
In the first period, only 1:08 into the game, Oilers Patrick Maroon scored, giving the Oilers a 1-0 lead. Later, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara dropped the gloves with Oilers Patrick Maroon and Chara threw most if not all of the punches in this one as Maroon didn't look interested in finishing what he started. Later, Bruins Colin Miller scored his 3rd goal of the season, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 8th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead. Later, Oilers Patrick Maroon scored again, tying the game 2-2.

In the third period, only 14 seconds into the period, Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored, giving the Oilers a 3-2 lead. Later, Oilers Patrick Maroon scored again, recording his first career hat trick, giving the Oilers a 4-2 lead. Later, Bruins David Krejci scored his 9th goal of the season, a power-play goal, cutting the Oilers lead to 4-3.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 21 saves on 25 shots. Rask is now 19-9-0-3 with a 2.00 GAA and a .926 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game with a 59% faceoff percentage and shots 36-25. The Oilers led the game in hits 26-20 and blocked shots 19-7. The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Oilers went 0-for-1.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 7 shots. Colin Miller led the Bruins with 3 hits and 2 blocked shots.

Noel Acciari, David Backes and Joe Morrow were scratched for the Bruins.

This game was #41 which is the halfway point of the season.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 20-17-4 with 44 points this season and are in 3rd place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 4-5-1 in their last 10 games and their home record is now 9-10-0 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday, when they visit the Florida Panthers, at 7pm ET.

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