It was a rough game for the Bruins as they lost 4-3 versus the young Edmonton Oilers.
Patrick Maroon had a phenomenal game for Edmonton. He had a hat-trick to bring his season total to 14 goals. It was his first hat-trick of his 7-year career and he has reached his season high in goals before we have even reached the all-star break. He even fought Zdeno Chara for the cherry on top.”Growing up and when I first stepped into the league, I never thought I’d score an NHL hat trick for a big guy like me,” said Maroon, who had just his fourth career multigoal game. “But I did it, and my linemates were really good tonight.” The Oilers also had goalie Cam Talbot stopped 33 shots. The only other goal was scored by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who scored his 8th goal of the season. This is the Oilers fourth straight victory against Boston.
The Bruins started out alright especially with their tribute to recently passed Milt Schmidt. There was number fifteen’s behind the nets and also on the Bruins jerseys as they will be wearing a patch with Milt’s number for the rest of the season. His retired number was also lowered from the rafters ala half-staff and played a video of his career highlights. In lieu of the usual moment of silence, the announcer asked for “a moment of celebration and applause,” and the crowd responded.
First off there is a lot of “moments of celebrations” going on. It started with Craig Sager and it looks to be a new trend. I think “moments of silence” are on the hot seat on the tribute circuit.
Now to the game the Bruins started off their scoring in an unlikely place with Colin Miller scoring his third goal of the season. Riley Nash described Miller as a “skill player” in an interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub and hopefully those skills will lead to the Bruins using him to acquire a much more “skilled” player. Then the Bruins had two players end some recent slumps as Patrice Bergeron scored his 8th goal of the season and David Krejci scored his 9th goal of the season. It was a rough night for Tuukka Rask as he only stopped 21 shots. “It’s a goalie’s nightmare,” Rask said.
Also forward David Backes was out for his third straight game but he did practice on Wednesday so hopefully he will return soon. Next for the Bruins is the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.