Bruins hope to bounce back in Edmonton

( - The bounces went against the Boston Bruins in their last trip to the ice as they posted a season-high fourth loss in a row.

A matchup with the Edmonton Oilers could be what they need to get their playoff hopes back on track.

The Bruins try to extend a 13-game series winning streak over the Oilers on Wednesday night.

After losing three in a row in regulation, Boston seemed to be moving in the right direction as it took a quick three-goal lead over Calgary on Monday, but the Flames battled back to tie the contest and then won it 4-3 in overtime on a strange goal.

With time ticking down, the Flames' T.J. Brodie skated the puck down the right wing and threw a backhand out front that was tipped by a Boston stick before popping into the air. Tuukka Rask attempted to grab it with the glove, but was unable to get it, and the puck bounced off his back and went into the back of the net with just 2.4 seconds left.

"First one of those in my career," Rask told Boston's official website.

"Well yeah, when you're kind of struggling with your game, that's when kind of the bounces don't go your way and it's happened to us before this season and we saw it again today, so that's about it.

Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug and Brad Marchand all scored for the Bruins, who lost defenseman Kevan Miller in the second period due to a right shoulder injury.

Miller was not with the club on Tuesday as he traveled back to Boston to be further evaluated. He missed time earlier this season with a shoulder injury as well and is not expected to play for the rest of this road trip.

The Bruins have now lost the first two of a five-game swing that continues in St. Louis on Friday and have seen their lead over the Florida Panthers for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference shift to just two points.

Boston could use this game to get on track as it has not lost to Edmonton since Oct. 17, 2000 on the road. The Bruins extended their series winning streak with a 5-2 home win over the Oilers on Nov. 6, getting power-play goals from Carl Soderberg and Dougie Hamilton during a four-goal third frame.

They scored three times in a span of 2:34 late in the game to go ahead.

Rask made 24 saves and is 4-0-0 lifetime versus the Oilers in four meetings, posting a 1.75 goals against average and .924 save percentage.

The Bruins have won five in a row in Edmonton.

The Oilers return home tonight following a 2-3-1 road trip, capping the trek with Monday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

The Jets' Blake Wheeler had the shootout winner in the first round as he slammed on the breaks and snapped a forehand past Viktor Fasth, who suffered a knee injury on the sequence and had to be helped off the ice.

Richard Bachman came in and made two saves in the tiebreaker, but Nail Yakupov, Derek Roy and Jordan Eberle all came up empty on their attempts for the Oilers.

Yakupov had two goals and Anton Lander and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also lit the lamp for the Oilers, who got 42 saves from Fasth through overtime.

"I thought that is a good hockey team over there," Oilers coach Todd Nelson said. "They are a heavy team, they play with a lot of pace."

In addition to Fasth, winger Luke Gazdic left the contest early with an upper- body injury, while Matt Hendricks (bruised foot) and goaltender Ben Scrivens (lower body) remained out.

Scrivens, though, has been practicing with the club and was already in line to come off injured reserve in time for this three-game homestand. He has lost all four of his career starts versus the Bruins, posting a 4.52 GAA and .855 save percentage.

Yakupov has three goals and three assists over a five-game point streak.