Oilers comeback spoils Bruins quest for historic win
If they beat the Edmonton Oilers and the right things are broken, on Thursday, the Boston Bruins could make the playoffs. Instead, the Oilers fought back a 2-0 gap and beat the Bruins 3-2, snapping Boston’s 10-game winning streak and postseason qualifying.
This is the first time this season that the Bruins lost in regulation after establishing leadership in the first period. Boston hasn’t lost at all since losing 2-1 to the Capitals on February 11.
Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each scored two goals in the first frame, but the Oilers weren’t going to leave. It’s impressive that Edmonton beat Boston despite Connor McDavid not scoring a goal. Evan Bouchard scored the only goal in the second period due to a poor performance and Ryan McLeod equalized in the third period. Darnell Nurse marked the winner of the game with less than five minutes left in the comeback.
Oilers are preparing for the playoffs, the Bruins can still make history
On paper, the Oilers are facing a pretty hectic schedule, so their recent strong performance (two straight wins, four out of five wins) is quite encouraging. In those five games, they beat the Maple Leafs, the Sabers, shared two games with the Jets, and now own that victory over the Bruins. With the rest of the Pacific Division also gaining momentum, the Oilers may not be able to make it into the top three, but their position solidifies in first place with 80 points in 66 games played.
Stranger things have happened, but it looks like Edmonton will make the playoffs, so they may be looking to fine-tune as much as anything else.
Naturally, it’s not the end of the world for the Bruins. While it would take them a few dominoes to make the playoffs on Thursday, it’s only a matter of time before they lock down just about everything, including the President’s Trophy. In terms of the regular season, they’re basically just chasing history.
For example, they can still be the fastest team to reach 50 wins in the regular season. Back in 2018-19.The Tampa Bay Lightning tied with the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings, winning 50 of 66 games played. The Bruins could set that record if they win one of two consecutive weekend games against Detroit. Otherwise, the Bruins could tie the game with a win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.
So, the Oilers messed up the Bruins party a bit, but this game could be more interesting if the two teams manage to meet again in the 2023 Stanley Cup Finals. It’s not such an outrageous thought given how strong both teams are after the trade deadline.