Thursday, November 10, 2011

Game Fourteen: Taylor vs. Tyler II

The Edmonton Oilers visited the TD Garden Thursday night for a cross-conference game with the Boston Bruins. For the second straight year, both times these two teams got together they would be surrounded by the storyline of Taylor Hall vs. Tyler Seguin.

A friendly reminder, Hall was selected number one overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, the only player selected before Seguin. The Bruins and the Oilers had the opportunity to hold workouts with both players because it was a very real possibility that Seguin was going to go number one in that year's draft. As Bruins fans, are we not excited that Edmonton went with Hall?

Seguin got the better of Hall in Thursday's meeting as Seguin tallied a goal and an assist in Boston's 6-3 victory over Edmonton.

Rich Peverley was a late scratch from the game and Daniel Paille was recovering from nose surgery. Therefore, Zach Hamill got the call-up for the Bruins and skated on the third line with Chris Kelly and Jordan Caron. Hamill played solid, recording an assist and drawing two penalties.

The Bruins are now in the middle 10th in the league in terms of power play goals as they added two more goals on the man advantage in this game, scored by Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand. Tuukka Rask was in goal for the second straight game and he picked up his second victory of the season.

This year's first overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins picked up a goal that was assisted by Hall. Ryan Smyth had two goals for the Oilers in this game.

Andrew Ference left the game with an undisclosed injury and his status for the Bruins next game on Saturday is unknown. Boston will host divisional rival Buffalo Sabres.

Gold Star: Joe Corvo...He picked up three assists and helped out a great deal in the offensive zone. Corvo is quickly getting used to the system the Bruins use, which is primarily a zone defense.

Black Star: Zdeno Chara...Usually Chara makes very little mistakes. In Thursday's game he just did not seem to play the tight defense we are used to seeing. The defensive pairs, however, were rotated due to Ference's injury.

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