The Edmonton Oilers offence exploded for the second straight game as they knocked off the Boston Bruins 7-4 Thursday night at Rogers Place.
The scoring started early, with Partick Maroon netting a power play goal 4:29 in. Maroon struck again 59 seconds later, converting a deft goal mouth pass from Connor McDavid. Less than three minutes, David Desharnais’ centring pass went in off Benoit Pouliot, giving Pouliot goals in two straight games. The Bruins replied with goals from David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand. Anton Slepyshev made it 4-2 Oilers in the final minute of the first, batting a puck out of the air and over the shoulder of Tuukka Rask.
After a wild first two periods, there was no scoring in the third.
McDavid had three assists while Marchand had a goal and two assists. They’re tied for the NHL scoring lead with 79 points each.
Cam Talbot made 32 saves for the win. Maroon scored five goals in two games against the Bruins this season.
The Oilers improve to 37-24-9 and move one point ahead of the Calgary Flames for third in the Pacific Division. After beating Dallas 7-1 on Tuesday, the Oilers have scored seven goals in back-to-back home games for the first time since December of 1988.
The Oilers will host Vancouver on Saturday. (jrw)