Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chad Johnson stopped 22 shots to earn his first shutout of the year, while Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug scored in the third period to break open the game, as the Boston Bruins won their 12th straight contest against Edmonton, 4-0, at TD Garden.
David Krejci also lit the lamp, while Zdeno Chara added a pair of assists for the Bruins, winners in five of their last six overall. Boston hasn't tasted defeat against its former rivals on home ice since 1996.
"Well, I think so -- a much better game tonight in all aspects of it," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien comparing Thursday's listless 4-1 loss at home to Montreal. "Thought that goal by Dougie kind of made everybody relax a little bit more and our game seemed to get better after that too."
Ben Scrivens was dented for all four tallies on 41 shots for the Oilers, who haven't beaten Boston since a 6-1 decision on Oct. 17, 2000.
The beleaguered Edmonton netminder, who made an NHL shutout record 59 saves in his last outing against San Jose, stopped 21-of-22 shots through two periods to keep his club close. He couldn't stop all of a late 19-shot barrage by the best team in the Atlantic.
Hamilton's wraparound try at the left post popped off Scrivens' pad and in for a 2-0 Boston advantage at 6:43 of the third period.
Soderberg's shot high and to the glove side with 6:55 remaining sealed it for the hosts, then Krug tallied more than 2 1/2 minutes later to provide a four- goal spread.
Johnson completed his second career whitewash by turning away 10 Oilers chances over the final 20 minutes.
"That's a team that I think every team in the league aspires to be defensively. They don't give up much," Edmonton head coach Dallas Eakins said. "We talked about it before the game, that this team is just going to sit there, they are comfortable in a 0-0 or 1-0 game, and if you make a mistake they are going to pounce and then they are going to go back and set up their traps again."
The Bruins finally solved Scrivens on the advantage at 2:06 of the second period, when a Jarome Iginla shot from the right point sailed through traffic thanks to a Krejci deflection before rippling the net.
It appeared to be 2-0 at 8:32. Soderberg moved into the left circle and slid a pass across the top of the crease to Loui Eriksson, which deflected off his right skate and in. Review determined a kicking motion which negated the score.
Scrivens kept it a one-goal margin by stopping Daniel Paille's short-handed breakaway with roughly 4 1/2 minutes left in the middle stanza.