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Feb 22, 2024 1:28 am

Bruins recover to edge Oilers 6-5 in overtime

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Charlie McAvoy scored the overtime winning goal to cap a two-point performance and the visiting Boston Bruins recovered from blowing a three-goal lead to beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 in a wild clash Wednesday night.

David Pastrnak and Jake DeBrusk netted a goal and an assist apiece for the Bruins, while Morgan Geekie, Brad Marchand and Trent Frederic each had a goal. Boston goaltender Jeremy Swayman made 39 saves, and Mason Lohrei added three assists.

After the Bruins killed a power play, McAvoy netted the winner 3:10 into overtime by eluding a diving check and sprawling netminder before sliding the puck into the cage for his ninth of the season.

Warren Foegele scored twice, Zach Hyman logged one goal and one assist and Mattias Janmark and Corey Perry tallied once each for the Oilers. Edmonton goalie Stuart Skinner stopped 29 shots, and Connor McDavid and Cody Ceci both notched a pair of assists.

Geekie’s power-play goal opened the scoring at 2:34 of the first period when his long point shot hit the top corner for his 10th of the season. Foegele tied the game nine minutes later by driving to the net before depositing a backhand shot.

The Bruins appeared in control thanks to a three-goal second period, starting with Marchand’s short-side wrist shot from the left faceoff dot for his 26th of the campaign just 25 seconds into the frame.

Frederic doubled the lead at the 4:40 mark by deflecting a point shot just inside the post for his 16th of the season, and DeBrusk made it a 4-1 count at 13:57 of by depositing a rebound for his 13th.

However, Foegele cut the Edmonton deficit to 4-2 at 15:27 when he slid in a backhand shot for his second of the night and 13th of the campaign, setting the stage for a thrilling third period.

Janmark made it a one-goal game at 6:14 of the third by tapping home a loose puck for his third of the campaign. Perry tied the score 70 seconds later with his seventh of the season and third in four games by converting his own rebound.

Pastrnak put the Bruins ahead again at 12:41 of the third period with a shot from the slot for his 36th, but Hyman again pulled Edmonton even 42 seconds later with a rebound tally, his 34th.

The Bruins, who were already without defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Hampus Lindholm, lost another when Matt Grzelcyk left the game after taking a first-period slash on the ankle from Ryan McLeod.

–Field Level Media

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