NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Boston
(Tuesday, February 13th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Edmonton 0
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Tim Thomas made 32 saves for his third career shutout, as the Boston Bruins capped a three-game homestand with a 3-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at TD Banknorth Garden.
Marco Sturm scored twice for the Bruins, who have won two straight and will embark on a six-game road trip that begins on Thursday against the Islanders. Brandon Bochenski added a goal and two assists in the victory.
Dwayne Roloson allowed two goals on 22 shots for Edmonton, which had won two straight games but opened its seven-game road trip with the three-goal setback. The Oilers will visit high-powered Buffalo on Thursday before games against Toronto, Ottawa, Columbus, Detroit and Minnesota. The Oilers wasted seven power-play chances in the contest.
The Bruins took control with a pair of power-play goals within a 62-second span in the latter stages of the first period.
At the 13:39 mark, Edmonton defenseman Jan Hejda was whistled for interference before Ladislav Smid went to the box for hooking less than a minute later. The Bruins cashed in on the two-man advantage when Bochenski notched his sixth goal of the season from Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard with 4:47 remaining.
Just over a minute later, Boston moved ahead by two. Still on the power play -- Smid's minor had not yet expired -- the Bruins worked the puck around the perimeter before Bergeron released a snap shot from near the left post. Roloson made the save, but the rebound sat in the goal mouth and Sturm's wild whack at the puck, while avoiding the attempted body check of Shawn Horcoff, sent it into the back of the cage over Roloson's right shoulder.
"We got one on the two-man advantage and another on the 5-4 afterwards," said Bochenski. "That was enough to win the game the way that (Thomas) played in net and the way we played defensively. We won the game in first 10 minutes."
Thomas told the story in the second and kept the Oilers off the scoreboard despite four Edmonton power-play chances. Thomas made 14 saves in the stanza.
As the final frame unfolded, the Oilers again tried to use the power play to get back in the game when Andrew Alberts was called for cross-checking with 11 minutes remaining. Slap shots by Steve Staios and Petr Sykora from the point both nearly beat Thomas and an odd-man rush several minutes later saw Ryan Smyth barely miss the net.
The Oilers again skated with the man advantage after a hooking minor to Petr Tenkrat, but the Boston defense blocked several shots and Thomas made key stops down the stretch before Sturm's empty-netter at 17:48 capped the scoring.
"My (defensemen) and forwards came back and protected me and had some huge blocked shots," said Thomas. "They just did a great job of getting the puck out of the danger area."
The Oilers fell to 10-14-2 on the road this season...Sturm now has four goals in the last two games...Boston has now won six straight over Edmonton...The Bruins finished 2-for-5 on the power play...It was Thomas' second shutout of the season....Attendance was 16,449.
02/14 01:53:12 ET