The Bruins got back to their scoring ways Saturday afternoon after they blanked the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 behind Chad Johnson’s first shutout of the season.
The Bruins got goals from David Krejci, Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug to pick up their fifth win in six games.
Here are three takeaways from the Bruins second win of the season against the Oilers.
What’s a kicking motion these days?
With the Bruins leading 1-0 in the second period, it appeared that the Bruins would be doubling their lead thanks to Loui Eriksson’s seventh goal of the season. The initial replay did show the puck goes off Eriksson’s skate and into the back of the net, but it seemed like there was no distinct kicking motion. In fact Eriksson’s skate never left the ice.
Apparently Toronto thought differently and the goal was waived off.
“Yeah I thought it was when you make a kicking motion, I was just trying to hold my skate there and it just hit. I thought it was a goal but it happens,” said Eriksson.
The NHL has seen its rash of goals taken away of late as a result of pucks going off skates. You may remember last month Gregory Campbell’s goal in Dallas against the Stars was taken away after further review revealed he had kicked the puck in, but much like Eriksson’s goal there wasn’t much of a kicking motion-if any at all.
It’s clear that a kicking motion is not what it used to be. It seems like the NHL needs to go back and revisit this rule. In order to overturn a call, there needs to conclusive evidence, and in my opinion on Eriksson’s goal, and even Campbells, that was not the case.
Bruins spoil Andrew Ference’s return to Boston
Andrew Ference made his return to the TD Garden Saturday afternoon for the first time since he left Boston to sign a four year deal with the Edmonton Oilers. Ference wasn’t the best Bruin on the ice during his seven years in Boston, but it was hard to find any Bruins fan that wasn’t a fan of Ference.
With the amount of injuries the Bruins have had on their blue line this season, a veteran like Ference is exactly what they need.
Off the ice, Ference was as great as they come. The Oilers Captain was a huge supporter of the community and very often gave back to the community that he called home during his tenure as a Bruin.
During the first TV timeout of Saturday’s contest, a video tribute was shown, thanking Ference for his time in Boston. The respect his teammates and former teammates have for him was on display as they joined the 17,565 in attendance with a standing ovation.
“It was nicer than the game,” said Ference. “Obviously very well treated by the organization and the city while I was here and while I left and throughout this year too, it’s obviously a tremendous hockey city and the organization has been nothing but great to me so that’s very very special.”
Unfortunately for Ference the game itself didn’t go as good as the tribute did. Not only did his team get shutout 4-0, Ference was on the ice for all four Bruins goals, and was even on the ice for Eriksson’s goal that was disallowed.
Johnson continues to gain confidence
Say what you want about Chad Johnson, but he is doing exactly what you would want from your backup goaltender. Johnson made 22 saves for his second career shutout and the first of his Bruins career.
With the playoff push expected to heat up once the Olympic break ends, the Bruins will be looking to get Tuukka Rask as much rest as they can. With Johnson playing the way he has, that is something they certainly can do, and do with confidence
“It’s been nice. I want to get in as many games as I can," said Johnson, who has a victory in each of his last four starts. "I know my role, and it’s not to be in every night but it’s to be in when sort of called upon, so it’s nice to be able to get in more games and get in there and get more comfortable and just try and help the team win, so it’s nice playing more often."
Check out what the Bruins and Andrew Ference had to say after the game:
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