EDMONTON, ALBERTA – The Boston Bruins seemed to be cruising toward a win before they had to hold on to beat the Edmonton Oilers.
Jarome Iginla scored a pair of goals, and the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins outlasted the West cellar-dwelling Oilers 4-2 on Thursday night.
Dennis Seidenberg and Brad Marchand also had goals for the Bruins (22-8-2), who have won four in a row and eight of 10.
The Bruins had a 3-0 lead after the first period, but found themselves under siege for much of the rest of the game.
“I told the guys that they would come back hard on us,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “I didn’t like the goals we gave up for what we expect of our team. They were sloppy, but credit to the Oilers.
“They skated and showed their skill level and gave us a really tough game. At the end we were just hanging on.
“Our bench is short and we have been struggling with the health of our team and you could see that it was a matter of winning it in regulation or I don’t think we come out of here with a win.”
Marchand said all that mattered was the fact the Bruins skated off on top.
“It’s a road win, and we have to be happy with it,” he said. “We know we are not going to put our best game on the ice every night, but we want to keep building. With all of the injuries we have right now, every win is huge.”
Backup goalie Chad Johnson made 39 saves. He was especially tested in the third period when the Bruins were outshot 13-3.
David Perron netted both goals for the Oilers (11-19-3), who have lost two of three.
Lightning 2, Red Wings 1 (SO)
In Tampa, Martin St. Louis scored in the sixth round of the shootout, and Tampa Bay beat the Red Wings.
Detroit has lost its last 11 shootouts.
Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 2
In New York, Matt Calvert, Artem Anisimov and David Savard scored in the first 11:10, and Columbus beat the Rangers, sending New York to its fourth straight loss.
Flyers 2, Canadiens 1
In Philadelphia, Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux scored goals, Steve Mason made 20 saves, and the Flyers edged Montreal.
Sharks 3, Wild 1
In San Jose, Joe Pavelski scored two power-play goals, and the Sharks ended a four-game slide by beating Minnesota.
Senators 2, Sabres 1
In Ottawa, Craig Anderson stopped 40 shots in the Sens’ win over Buffalo.
Blues 6, Maple Leafs 3
In St. Louis, David Backes scored twice and Jaden Schwartz added a goal and two assists to lead the Blues over Toronto.
Predators 3, Stars 1
In Nashville, David Legwand had a goal and an assist to lead the hosts past Dallas.
Avalanche 4, Jets 3 (SO)
In Winnipeg, Matt Duchene and P.A. Parenteau scored in the shootout, and Colorado stopped a two-game losing skid.
Coyotes 6, Islanders 3
In Glendale, Arizona, Rob Klinkhammer had two goals and an assist and Mikkel Boedker scored two of Phoenix’s four second-period goals against New York.
Flames 2, Hurricanes 1 (OT)
In Calgary, Chris Butler scored at 4:56 of overtime to give the hosts a victory over Carolina.