After a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night on home ice, the Bruins played with more emotion en route to victory over the Oilers.
The Bruins received goals from David Krejci, Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug, while goaltender Chad Johnson finished with 22 saves for his first shutout of the season and second of his career.
After a scoreless opening period, the Bruins gained a 1-0 lead on Krejci's power-play goal at 2:06 of the second period. His shot from the high slot was redirected past Edmonton goaltender Ben Scrivens. It was Krejci's 12th goal of the season. The goal snapped Scrivens' shutout streak at 126:41. He made 103 saves during that scoreless streak, including a 59-save performance in a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks Wednesday night.
It appeared Boston added to its lead later in the period, but the goal was disallowed after it was ruled to have come on a distinct kicking motion by Bruins forward Loui Eriksson. On the play, Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski gained control of the puck at the offensive blue line and broke in down the left side. His centering pass went off Eriksson's skate and past Scrivens at 8:32.
The Bruins had another golden opportunity in the waning minutes of the second when Boston penalty killer Daniel Paille created a short-handed bid, but Scrivens stopped the breakaway attempt to keep Edmonton's deficit at one goal.
Hamilton finally gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead at 6:43 of the third period. He broke in along the right side and took a shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle. Scrivens made the initial save, but Hamilton collected the rebound, skated behind the net and tucked in a wraparound for his sixth goal of the season and second in as many games.
Boston gained a 3-0 lead when Soderberg's wrist shot from the left faceoff circle beat Scrivens for his eighth goal of the season at 13:05 of the third period. The Bruins scored their second power-play goal of the game when Krug notched his 12th goal of the season at 15:42 of the third period to give Boston a 4-0 lead.
Save of the game: Johnson turned in the save of the game early in the first period. In a scoreless game, the Oilers created a quality scoring chance when forward Ales Hemsky had a breakaway, but Johnson stoned the attempt to secure the stalemate.
Drop 'em: The Bruins' Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with the Oilers' Luke Gazdic at 3:20 of the first period. The two went toe-to-toe in front of the Edmonton bench, and Gazdic landed a hard right, dropping Thornton to the ice and ending the fight. After spending a brief time in the penalty box, Thornton skated off the ice and went to the dressing room. A few minutes later, a team doctor returned to his seat behind the Bruins bench, but Thornton remained in the room and did not return for the remainder of the period. He did return for the start of the second period. It was his second fighting major since returning from a 15-game suspension on Jan. 11.
Tribute: During a television timeout in the first period, the Bruins honored former defenseman and current Edmonton captain Andrew Ference with a video tribute. The 17,565 in attendance gave him a standing ovation, and he acknowledged it with wave of his stick. Ference spent seven seasons in Boston and helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011.
Up next: The Bruins host the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night (7 p.m.) at TD Garden.