Draisaitl, Oilers Complete Comeback Against Bruins

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Leon Draisaitl

 

 

When the best duo in hockey is on the ice, offensive opportunities will show up in bunches. Tonight was no different in a game between the Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl and by far the best duo in the NHL at the moment. They came into tonight’s game tied for the league lead-in points. After this game, that stat only looks more in favor of one of those players.

The biggest question for the Bruins coming into this year was their defense. With the loss of Jeremy Lauzon to Seattle, the only replacement they installed into the lineup has been Derek Forbort. Some fans thought that would be enough to stabilize the blueline for the season. So far through eleven games, this Bruins defense is far off from being a championship-caliber defense. While they are still a solid group, they have a lot of holes within their lineup. Tonight was a huge wake-up call in the 5-3 loss for the Bruins.

 

 

Draisaitl Takes Over

The third period was one to forget for Boston and one to remember for Edmonton. The Bruins had played a solid game of hockey through the first two periods. As a result, they went into the third period with a 3-2 lead. If you thought Leon Draisaitl would go the entire game without making a huge impact, you need to check yourself.

This man is an absolute unit on the ice every time he gets the puck. When his team was down in that third period, he took over for his team to give them the chance to win. Draisaitl takes advantage of some careless Bruins’ defensive mistakes to put home two goals in the third period to put Edmonton up 4-3. It paved the way for the Oilers to add another goal late to take this game by a score of 5-3.

 

 

Defensive Disaster For Boston

Like I said, the Bruins defense is a big question mark this season. When you have a 3-2 lead on home ice heading into the third period, you need to shut the house down. The Bruins solely lost this game tonight based on a handful of defensive breakdowns in the third period. All three Edmonton goals in the third period were a result of the defense in front of Linus Ullmark completely misreading their assignments.

Brandon Carlo had the worst night of the Bruins defensemen. It was his uncharacteristic turnover to Leon Drasiatl to let Edmonton tie the game at 3-3. After that, it was Draisaitl again that got inside position on Carlo to take the lead for Edmonton. After that, there were five Bruins that couldn’t control the puck after a fantastic Ullmark save to lead to the Cody Ceci dagger to make it 5-3. If the Bruins want to turn their season around, their defense will need to wake up big time.

 

 

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