The Edmonton Oilers extended their win streak to six and hope to make it seven when they meet the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. The team on the back of a milk carton the last nine postseasons currently owns this league’s longest winning streak.
The win over the Boston Bruins was not pretty.
“We’re not naive enough to think we were the better team,” admitted Edmonton coach Todd McLellan. “We’ll put it in the bank and get out of here as quick as we can.”
Goalie Cam Talbot kept his team in the game in the last two periods, despite giving up two goals. The Bruins outshot the Oilers 38-10 in those 40 minutes.
Bruins forward Brad Marchand tied the game with five minutes left in regulation.
But everything turned around in overtime when Andrej Sekera won the faceoff and took the puck into the Boston zone. Sekera secured the win 41 seconds into the overtime.
“For some reason when you’re in the offensive zone you never get tired,” exclaimed Sekera. “You get tired when you lose the puck and you have to go back to backcheck. Especially 3-on-3, it’s fun when you have the puck. It’s not so much fun when you don’t have the puck.”
Edmonton ended their eight game losing streak against the Bruins in Boston. The win also comes after they finished their latest homestand 5-0, the best since 1987.
The Oilers play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.