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Oilers edge Bruins in shootout

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December 03. 2015 3:52AM
Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle scores the shoot-out winner against Boston Bruins goaltender Tuuka Rask at Rexall Place. (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Jordan Eberle was the only player to score in the shootout, and the Edmonton Oilers got a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins.

Eberle's wristed his shootout attempt into the top corner, giving the Oilers just their second win against the Bruins since the 2001-02 season, both of which came via the shootout.

The Bruins' five-game winning streak came to an end.

Bottom-six forwards Matt Hendricks and Mark Letestu had a goal and an assist each for Edmonton.

Oilers center Letestu, who was a game-time decision due to an undisclosed injury, gave the home team the 1-0 lead with a short-handed marker at 10:23 of the second period. It was the Oilers' first shorthanded marker of the season, and the first goal the Bruins have surrendered this year while on the man advantage. Letestu finished off a perfect pass from left winger Hendricks on a two-one break that was launched when linesman Trent Knorr got mixed up with several Bruins on the boards, freeing the two Oilers to launch the counterattack.

On that same power play, Bruins defensemen Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara each rang shots off the post.

But the Bruins tied things at 1 at 18:27 when Krug's shot from the side boards hit Oilers defenseman Andrej Sekera in front of the goal and caromed into the net.

Hendricks tipped home Letestu's pass at 9:22 of the third period to give the Oilers the 2-1 lead.

The Oilers were just 3:21 away from beating the Bruins in regulation for the first time in 15 years, nursing a 2-1 lead. But Chara snuck in off the point and snapped home the equalizer off a clever feed from center David Krejci to tie it at 2 and force overtime.

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask and Oilers stopper Anders Nilsson each had strong games for their respective teams. Nilsson with 38 saves while Rask made 34 saves.

NOTES: Oilers LW Benoit Pouliot did not play due to a lower-body injury. ... On injured reserve for the Oilers are C Connor McDavid (broken clavicle), LW Rob Klinkhammer (undisclosed) and RW Nail Yakupov (ankle). ... Bruins C Chris Kelly (leg) and RW David Pastrnak (foot) are on injured reserve. ... Bruins D Kevan Miller was out with a concussion. ... The Bruins scratched RW Tyler Randell and D Joe Morrow. ... The Oilers scratched D Andrew Ference and D Brandon Davidson. ... On the morning of the game, third-level seats regularly priced at $65 Canadian were being offered on StubHub for less than $14 Canadian.


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