In what should have been Andrew Ference’s 2nd return to Boston, the B’s beat the Oilers 5-2 despite being down 2-1 halfway through the 3rd. After the refs blew the whistle way too early, costing David Krejci a goal, the 3rd line responded with a great rush up the ice that netted a Loui Eriksson goal, and then Carl Soderberg and Dougie Hamilton added power play goals within the next few minutes. Milan Lucic also put home a pretty worthless empty netter, but here’s to bumping your stats.
Boston outshot Edmonton 32-26, which is about 55% of the shots. That’s good, but you’d hope for a little better against the Oilers at home, even without Chara and Krug. But a win is a win, and points are points.
It was interesting what Claude did with Matt Fraser and Seth Griffith. Claude correctly sat Simon Gagne, who looked like he was going to be a great fill in during his first 2 games but hasn’t delivered. Griffith and Fraser switched off between the 1st and 4th lines, although Griffith got the majority of the time there and about 4 more minutes (12:30 to 8:53) of ice time. If that number for Fraser seems low to you, it does to me too. The reason that you have a serviceable skater on the 4th line, and the reason that you don’t resign Shawn Thornton, is to even out the lines a little more, at least in early November.
The Bruins now have 3 full days off before playing again Monday. Brad Marchand is gonna get shitfaced this weekend.