Bruins Explode in 3rd, Beat Oilers

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.

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