At least Rexall Place didn't reek of a septic tank when the Bruins walked away with a 3-2 win last night versus the Oilers. In fact, there was a sense of redemption amongst the young Oilers, after yielding a stinker several nights ago. On Sunday, the Oilers flashed their claws, competed hard and provided that much need jam against the so aptly nick-named, Big Bad Bruins.
"We competed, and we didn’t let numbers bother us, in terms of shots on goal or chances against,” said head coach Tom Renney. "We just kept playing, wouldn’t go away, which I thought was important. They’re another heavy team, we did everything we could to play through it and play with them.”
Despite the loss, the fans enjoyed some entertaining “fist o’ cuffs”, though two of the Oilers suffered injuries during their melees. Peckham was struck hard and did not return when he squared off with Nathan Horton. Late in the third, Andrew Cogliano dropped the mitts and danced with Brad Marchand and whacked his head on the ice, though he did return to finish the game.
“I liked the character,” said Renney. “I liked Andrew stepping up for himself and Jimmy against another strong player who’s recognized as being a tough kid.”
Liam Reddox and Colin Fraser were nixed to make way for Steve MacIntyre and Gilbert Brule. Brule, who has been injured for nearly 2 months, potted his first goal in nearly 3.
“I felt great,” said Brule. “I haven’t played a game in two months so I gotta have some energy, right?” Brule didn’t only contribute on the score sheet but also provided physical prowess and didn’t look out of sync throughout the game.
“They are big ... I mean, Chara brings their average up. But I thought we stuck with it,” said Brule.
Aside from the physical play of both teams, Devan Dubnyk, again, was the difference of the contest. The sophomore goaltender, allowed only 3 goals on 41 shots to the Oilers measly 17, to keep his team within reach of a win.
The Oilers will now face the Predators on tues.
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