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Bruins' top line shines in victory

Field Level Media
October 11. 2018 10:59PM
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) and left wing Brad Marchand (63) celebrate after a goal during the third period against the Edmonton Oilers at TD Garden in Boston Oct. 11, 2018. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron scored to continue their recent hot streaks as the host Boston Bruins defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Thursday night.

Bergeron’s goal was his fifth of the season, Pastrnak’s his fourth and Marchand’s his first after he compiled seven assists in the previous two games. Bergeron also had an assist, as their line has combined to score 22 points in the past three games, all Bruins wins.

Joakim Nordstrom also scored, and Matt Grzelcyk added two assists for Boston, which beat Edmonton for the second straight time after six consecutive losses in the series.

The teams meet again in Edmonton next week.

Connor McDavid scored for the Oilers, who were playing their first game since a season-opening 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils in Sweden on Saturday.

Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves in his second Bruins start. Cam Talbot stopped 28 shots for the Oilers.

McDavid got Edmonton on the board first, using his speed to burst through the neutral zone and past Boston defender Zdeno Chara, putting the puck through Halak’s legs at the 3:43 mark of the first period.

The Bruins answered with three goals in a six-minute span. Pastrnak skated in with slick puck movement and put it past Talbot’s stick side on the backhand while on the power play to knot the score at 1 at 9:20.

Marchand scored when the puck took a lucky bounce off Edmonton’s Drake Caggiula on Boston’s second power play at 14:37, and Nordstrom added his first goal as a Bruin on a give-and-go with David Krejci 36 seconds later for a 3-1 edge.

Neither team scored in the second period. The Oilers couldn’t close the gap in the third period. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins came close on a puck off the post that skittered along the goal line before getting swept away.

Bergeron capped the scoring with an empty-netter with 35 seconds remaining.

Penguins 4, Golden Knights 2: Phil Kessel had a natural hat trick, his first three goals of the season, to lead host Pittsburgh.

Avlanche 6, Sabres 1: Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, as Colorado notched its first road win.

Rangers 3, Sharks 2, OT: At Madison Square Garden, Brady Skjei scored 37 seconds into overtime.

Devils 6, Capitals 0: In Newark, N.J., Kyle Palmieri produced his second straight two-goal game and Keith Kinkaid posted his fifth career shutout.

Blue Jackets 5, Panthers 4: Cam Atkinson’s goal with 2:46 left in the third period was the difference in Florida’s home opener.

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