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Edmonton Oilers rally but lose to Bruins in OT

Charlie McAvoy scored with 1:50 left in overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 6-5 win over the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night at Rogers Place.

“It’s great that we got that point and we fought our way back, but it just felt like a game where I thought we made a good push and were going to get the win,” Warren Foegele said.

“To be able to come back twice and earn a point says a lot about our team when we face adversity,” Zach Hyman added post-game. “But at the same time, you don’t want to put yourself in that position. Since we’ve been back (from the All-Star break), we’ve put ourselves in this position too often and we have to learn to play consistently throughout the whole game again.”

The Bruins struck 2:34 into the game on a power play goal by Morgan Geekie. The Oilers responded when Foegele bulled to the net and stuffed his 12th of the season past Jeremy Swayman.

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Brad Marchand put a short-side wrister past Stuart Skinner’s blocker to make it 2-1 Bruins just 25 seconds into the second. Less than five minutes later, Trent Frederic maneuvered a slow-moving deflection past Skinner to put Boston ahead 3-1. Jake DeBrusk deposited a rebound to increase Boston’s lead, though Foegele came back with his second of the night. It was 4-2 Bruins after two.

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“It felt like today even though the goals were going in, that we actually had a better second period,” Foegele said. “It’s something that’s bleeding in our game and something we know we’ve got to improve on.”

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Six minutes into the third, Swayman failed to hold Cody Ceci’s point shot, allowing Mattias Janmark to tap in his third. Just 1:10 later, Corey Perry tucked a rebound under Swayman to knot it 4-4.

“It didn’t go our way the first 35 minutes, I guess you could say–until a couple minutes were left in the second,” Perry said. “But we came in and talked about it and found a way to get a point.”

“I think he knows how to win,” Hyman said of Perry. “He’s a guy who has done it before and can drag people into the fight.”

After some sloppy play by the Oilers, David Pastrnak fired in a wrister with 7:19 left. Again, the Oilers responded with Zach Hyman scoring on a rebound 42 seconds later.

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The Oilers went on the power play with 20.6 seconds left in the third when James van Riemsdyk was flagged for tripping Janmark.

Swayman made a brilliant pad save on a Draisaitl one-timer in overtime. Van Riemsdyk had a breakaway out of the penalty box but was denied by Skinner. McAvoy ended it when he walked down the slot and went around Skinner for the tuck-in.

The Oilers, 33-18-2, will host Minnesota on Friday (630 CHED, Face-off Show at 5:30 p.m., game at 7 p.m.).

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