Jarome Iginla scores twice for Bruins, who hold off Oilers in 4-2 win

EDMONTON - Jarome Iginla had a pair of goals as the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins held on to defeat the West cellar-dwelling Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Thursday.

Dennis Seidenberg and Brad Marchand also scored for the Bruins (22-8-2), who have won four in a row and eight of their last 10. Backup goalie Chad Johnson made 39 saves for the win.

David Perron replied with both goals for the Oilers (11-19-3), who have lost two of their last three and dropped to 6-10-2 on home ice.

There was a good pace to the game in the early going before the Bruins started the scoring.

Edmonton starter Devan Dubnyk whiffed on a long hopeful shot from the blue-line by Seidenberg, who was sending the puck in while his team made a line change just past the mid-mark of the first period.

Boston made it 2-0 with four minutes left in the opening period on another long shot goal as Edmonton-area native Iginla scored on a slapshot with Milan Lucic providing a screen in front. It was Iginla's first game in Edmonton as a member of any team other than the rival Calgary Flames.

The Bruins then took a dominating three-goal edge thanks a short-handed goal with 1:43 left in the first. Philip Larsen's shot was blocked at the point, allowing Boston to break away on a 2-on-1 that was capitalized upon when Patrice Bergeron fed Marchand for his fifth goal of the season. The Oilers have allowed a league-high seven short-handed goals this season.

Edmonton backup goaltender Jason LaBarbera came in to replace Dubnyk to start the second period.

The Oilers finally got on the board three-and-a-half minutes into the second as Perron gained the zone and then beat Johnson stick-side with a quick wrist shot for this team-leading 13th of the season.

Edmonton cut Boston's lead down to one goal with two-and-a-half minutes left in the second as Perron picked up a puck behind the net and fought off Bergeron with one hand while hooking the puck around and into the net with a highlight-reel move.

The shots were an even 28-28 after 40 minutes.

The Oilers pressed hard for the equalizer in the first 13 minutes of the third period — out-shooting the Bruins 10-0 — but were unable to get a shot past Johnson.

Edmonton continued to be all over Boston's zone, but the Bruins were able to put it away when Iginla sealed the deal with an empty-net goal in the final minute.

The Oilers embark on a four-game road trip, beginning on Friday in Vancouver against the Canucks. The Bruins follow the Oilers out west to face the Canucks on Saturday.

Notes: It was Ference's first game against his old team since joining the Oilers as a free agent during the summer and subsequently being named captain. ... The Bruins are battling the flu bug and hardest hit was goalie Tuuka Rask, who served as a backup to Johnson in the game. ... The Bruins were also without forward Shawn Thornton, who was out pending a disciplinary hearing for his actions in the injury to Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpick. ... Out with injuries for Boston were forwards Daniel Paille (upper body), Loui Eriksson (concussion) and Chris Kelly (broken ankle) and defencemen Doug Hamilton (lower body) and Adam McQuaid (lower body). ... The Oilers were absent forwards Boyd Gordon (shoulder) and Ryan Smyth (neck) and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov (concussion). Defenceman Jeff Petry returned for the game.

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