Bruins Erase 2-0 Third Period Deficit To Stun Oilers With 3-2 Win

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David Krejci scored with 1:04 left in regulation to cap off an improbable third period comeback for the Bruins as they erased a 2-0 deficit in the final frame and beat the Oilers 2-0 in Edmonton.

Boston now trails Tampa Bay for first in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference by just one point with two games and hand and will get a three-day break before playing Toronto who they lead by three points in the Atlantic Division with four games in hand.

Despite out-shooting Edmonton 29-14 through the first two periods, Boston trailed the Oilers 2-0 after two thanks to some tough puck luck and some great goaltending from goalie Cam Talbot who would finish with 40 saves. The Bruins would not be denied though and Noel Acciari got things going for the Bruins beating Talbot for his seventh of the season into the third. Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk would end his own scoring drought of 37 games to tie the game at 11:42 of the period before Krejci got his eleventh for the game-winner at 19:56.

The Bruins were playing the tail end of a back-to-back and are now a very impressive 6-2-3 in the second game of a back-to-back.

Anton Khudobin had 18 saves to improve to 20-13-3 with a 2.33 GAA and .902 save percentage.

Here’s your Extra Beats on another resilient effort by the Black and Gold:

1.) Bruins Energy Is “Palpable”

In her post-game interview with David Krejci, NESN on-ice analyst Alex Kraemer nailed it when asking Krejci about the “palpable energy” the Bruins came out with in the third period and have seemingly possessed all season. Yes the Bruins were dominating the Oilers on the shot clock after two periods but there was just something missing and it was exactly what Kraemer referred to. The B’s coaching staff made some great adjustments for sure, but it was the intense, determined and contagious energy they found that made the difference and enabled the comeback.

2.) Is Mr. Klutch Back?

Krejci’s game-winner was his first point and goal since February 6, when he lit the lamp in a 3-2 win at Detroit. The veteran center is well known for taking his game to another level at this time of year and during the playoffs, so could this be the return of Klutch Krejci? That would certainly help the Bruins who, while sitting in a very good spot with 24 games to go, still have a somewhat inexperienced lineup that needs the experienced players to lead the way even more. Krejci, Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen have been a very solid second line but imagine them with Krejci of 2008, 11 and 13?

3.) Acciari The Spark Plug

Since returning from injury February 11, Acciari hasn’t missed a beat in terms of being one of the spark plugs on the Bruins’ energy line and on Tuesday he was rewarded. Acciari’s goal was his first point in his last ten games played and served as the spark the Bruins needed to get the comeback going. Acciari, Tim Schaller and Sean Kuraly aren’t exactly the famous “Merlot Line” of Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campell and Daniel Paille that helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011, but they surely define the term “energy line” and deserve a worthy nickname. Got one? Hit us up on Twitter at @BruinsCLNS

 

4.) Debrusk Steps Up In Hometown

DeBrusk may have not showed up on the scoresheet in his first NHL game in his hometown, but he played a pivotal role in the third period comeback. After a so-so first two periods – like the rest of his teammates – in terms of grinding and energy, and being demoted to the third line, DeBrusk woke up and paid the price on the game-tying goal getting it out to Charlie McAvoy at the point, who fed it to Nash, who found Grzelyck for the goal.

5.) Facing Less Shots, Khudobin Still Makes Key Saves

The Oilers may have had only 20 shots on net but that doesn’t mean Khudobin didn’t need to make some tough saves and that’s just what he did when it mattered most. With the Bruins finally starting to amass some legit scoring chances and find their groove, Oilers captain and superstar Conor McDavid had a brilliant chance to make it 3-0 late in the second period and bury the Bruins, but Khudobin stretched the pads and stuffed McDavid to keep it 2-0 after two period of play. He would do the same to Oilers forward Anton Slepychev early in the third period before Acciari got things going on offense.

 

6.) Just In Case, Carlo Making A Case To Stay

There’s been plenty of chatter around the league that Bruins second-year defenseman Brandon Carlo is in play for the right “hockey trade” with the Bruins. There’s no way GM Don Sweeney will use Carlo to trade for a rental like he did Tuesday acquiring Rangers UFA defenseman Nick Holden for a third round pick and defensive prospect Robbie O’Gara, but in the right roster player for roster player move, the word is Carlo could be had.

Fellow MurphysHockeyLaw.net scribe Jesse Jimenez made a solid case of why the Bruins should pull the trigger on such a deal if it arises, but as of late, Carlo has been making his case of why they shouldn’t. Carlo assisted on Acciari’s goal and while he still had two giveaways Tuesday, his play overall as of late has been drastically improved than that of the first half of the season. He’s carrying the puck out with more poise, being more decisive and pinching at the right times. It will be interesting to see if Sweeney actually uses Carlo as a trade chip before the deadline.