EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) David Krejci broke a tie with 1:04 remaining and the Boston Bruins rallied for three goals in the third period to beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Noel Acciari and Matt Grzelcyk also scored for the Bruins (37-13-8), who have won seven of nine and are one point back of Tampa Bay for first place in the Atlantic Division and overall NHL standings.
Ryan Strome and Jujhar Khaira had the goals for the Oilers (24-31-4), who have lost seven of eight.
The Oilers scored the game’s first goal with 1:31 left in the opening period – despite being outshot 13-2 to that point – when Strome beat Boston goalie Anton Khudobin on a 2-on-1 break for his ninth of the season.
The Bruins came close five minutes into the second when David Pastrnak’s shot clanged off the post behind Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot, but instead the Oilers extended their lead just more than six minutes later when a knuckler by Khaira beat Khudobin up high.
The shots favored the Bruins 29-14 through 40 minutes.
Boston got on the board 4:37 into the third when Acciari swung a puck in front of the Edmonton net and it bounced off Strome and in to make it 2-1.
The Bruins tied it with eight minutes to play after a flurry in front led to Grzelcyk putting the puck past a diving Talbot.
Boston completed the comeback with just 64 seconds to play in the third, after the Oilers lost control of the puck in their own end. Danton Heinen sent the puck out in front, allowing Krejci to score his 11th of the season.
NOTES: It was the second and final meeting this season between the teams. The Oilers took the first game 4-2 in Boston on Nov. 26. … Oilers defenseman Kris Russell played his 700th NHL game. … The Bruins acquired D Nick Holden from the New York Rangers for minor league defenseman Rob O’Gara and their third-round pick in this year’s draft. Holden was not in Edmonton in time for the game.
Bruins: Saturday at Toronto.
Oilers: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.
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