BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins couldn’t stop Edmonton star Connor McDavid. They did shut down the rest of the Oilers.The Bruins answered McDavid’s early goal by scoring three straight in the first period and shut down the frustrated Oilers the rest of the way in a 4-1 victory Thursday night.“It’s hard to stop a guy like that. Sometimes it happens with an early one. You just have to chip away http://www.officialducks.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-kesler-jersey ,” Boston’s David Krejci said. “We responded really well.David Pastrnak tied it with his fourth goal of the season at 9:20, then the Bruins got back-to-back goals from Brad Marchand and Joakim Nordstrom in a 36-second span and Boston led 3-1.That was plenty of offense for Jaroslav Halak, who stopped 25 shots in his home debut for Boston to help the Bruins win their third straight.“We don’t give them anything easy. We defended well tonight,” Halak said.Halak didn’t allow anything past him after McDavid blew through the Boston defense and slipped one in at 3:43 for his first goal of the season.Cam Talbot had 28 saves for Edmonton and kept it close, but the Oilers never recovered after Boston took control in the first.“We had a couple that were inches away,” Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. “We’ve just got to keep pushing through that.”The Oilers were playing only their second game of the season after falling 5-2 to New Jersey on Saturday in Sweden.“We didn’t create a lot of offense and when we finally did, the bounces didn’t go our way,” Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said. “I thought we had the start that we wanted to have.”Patrice Bergeron added an empty-netter in the final minute and finished with a goal and an assist. Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk had a pair of assists for the Bruins. They have won three straight since getting shut out by Washington 7-0 in the season opener.After Pastrnak tied it on a power-play goal, slipping the puck between his own legs and beating Talbot with a backhand Ryan Miller Jersey , Marchand gave Boston its first lead at 14:37 on another power play off a centering pass from Grzelcyk. Nordstrom scored again for Boston 36 seconds later on a give-and-go with Krejci.“It was really important that we got the next two goals,” Pastrnak said.Edmonton just missed on two opportunities in the third. Boston captain Zdeno Chara poked the puck away after a shot by Nugent-Hopkins slid along the goal line behind Halak as Edmonton’s Ty Rattie raised his arms, thinking Edmonton had scored. Play continued and replays showed the puck didn’t cross.The Oilers were short-handed a few minutes later when Tobias Rieder got a breakaway on Halak, who stretched out for a save with his left pad to preserve the two-goal lead.Notes: The teams will again next Thursday night in Edmonton. … Bergeron had a goal and an assist, and Grzelcyk had two assists. … Halak made his first home start as a member of the Bruins. … Pastrnak has 98 career goals. … The game was stopped for a few minutes late in the second period when a hit knocked the glass loose behind the Edmonton net.UP NEXT:Oilers: At the New York Rangers on Saturday night.Bruins: Host Detroit on Saturday. Beating the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on a Tuesday night in December doesn’t ordinarily qualify as a season-definer. But after consecutive sloppy losses in which they made a barrage of errors, the injury-riddled Nashville Predators weren’t about to question the outcome.They’ll try for a second straight home win Thursday night in Bridgestone Arena against another sub-.500 outfit when the Vancouver Canucks come to town, looking for their second victory over Nashville in eight days.Vancouver controlled the Predators on December 6 in British Columbia, establishing a 4-1 second-period lead en route to a 5-3 win. Playing without three top-six forwards and All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban, Nashville didn’t offer the kind of detailed effort it has to have these days.Article continues below ...Its victory over Ottawa was a far more consistent performance. After ceding a goal 26 seconds into the game on a weak backhander from a fairly sharp angle Womens Alex Goligoski Jersey , goalie Pekka Rinne shut down the Senators for the night’s remainder while his teammates produced a 36-26 advantage in shots on goal.“We addressed a lot of things after the last road trip,” Rinne said. “I felt like tonight, we played with speed, got the pucks deep, turned a lot of pucks over and created chances. Our defense always plays a big role in our offense.”While Viktor Arvidsson, Filip Forsberg and Kyle Turris might be on the shelf, the message from coach Peter Laviolette has remained the same: Attack. No matter who he ices for a particular game, he wants possession and scoring chances.That might not make him unique among coaches, although there are a few who might be willing to go into a defensive shell and trust that Rinne could hold the fort while perhaps scraping out a couple of goals via counter-attacks or power plays.“It was good to establish the zone time Christian Dvorak Jersey ,” Laviolette said of Tuesday night’s win. “We moved the puck pretty well side-to-side, low-to-high, getting some shots and a redirect goal. It’s the zone you want to be in … at least you’re not playing defense.”The Predators (20-10-1) regained first place in the Central Division and the Western Conference with the win, thanks to Colorado’s loss to Edmonton. They might regain the services of Turris, their second-line center who has been idle since November 25 with an undisclosed injury. Turris has been a full go in practice the last two days.Vancouver (14-16-3) arrives in town playing some of its best hockey of the season. The Canucks rallied for a 3-2 win Tuesday night in Columbus, their third victory in a row, thanks to two markers in the last 3:04, by Elias Pettersson and Jake Virtanen.It was only the eighth time in franchise history that Vancouver rallied to win in regulation after trailing with four minutes left in the third period.“I don’t think we played our best hockey today, but we always believe in ourselves that we can turn it around and find a way to win http://www.officialcoyotes.com/authentic-adidas-clayton-keller-jersey ,” Pettersson said.Goalie Jacob Markstrom (11-9-3, 3.14 goal-against average, .901 save percentage) stopped 34 of 36 shots to earn the win. He’s expected to oppose Rinne (13-5-1, 1.91, .932).