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Marincin scores the winner as the Oilers edge the Bruins in a 12-round shootout


Oilers defenseman Martin Marincin scored the shootout winner as Edmonton edged the Boston Bruins 4-3 Wednesday night.

Marincin, who celebrated his 23rd birthday Wednesday, was the only player in the 12-round shootout to find the back of the net.

Nail Yakupov and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gave Edmonton a 2-0 lead in the first.

After Loui Eriksson got the Bruins on the board, Teddy Purcell restored the two-goal lead with his seventh of the season. Purcell also added an assist in the win.

Reilly Smith and David Pastrnak scored third period goals to tie it 3-3 and force overtime.

Dougie Hamilton had two assists in the loss.

Jordan Eberle had two helpers for the Oilers, who lost defenseman Jeff Petry and forward Anton Lander to injuries in the second period.

Boston has picked up just two of a possible six points on its four game road trip and are winless in five (0-3-2). The Bruins conclude the trip Friday in St. Louis.

“We’re not going to stand here and think that we’re doing OK,” said Claude Julien. “We’re underachieving right now and our game’s got to get better.

“I still feel we’ve got the group in there to make it better, so it’s up to us to take charge.”

Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots in the loss.

Ben Scrivens made 38 saves in his first game back from a thigh injury.

Eberle brushes off trade rumors: ‘I want to be an Oiler’

Jordan Eberle

With Buffalo having fired the trade deadline’s first salvo — or, the first salvo in the tank-for-McEichel race, depending how you look at it — many are now focused on what the Sabres’ chief rival, Edmonton, will do in response.

One Oiler that’s appeared in trade rumors is Jordan Eberle. The 24-year-old is in his fifth season with the club, leads in both goals (15) and points (43), and knows his name is out there for all to see.

“Any time your team’s in the position we are, we have been for the last few years, names come up,” Eberle said, per NHL.com. “That’s the obvious thing, so you’ve got to put that aside. A lot of the times you have to try and use it as a compliment, you know, other teams want you.

“That being said, I want to be an Oiler, and I want to play here and I want to turn this thing around.”

These rumblings likely have more to do with Edmonton than Eberle. Primed to pick in the top-1o for the sixth year in a row, the Oilers head into tonight’s action 29th in the league — ahead of 30th-place Buffalo by four points — and as rudderless as ever. There’s no clear sign if GM Craig “Man of Action” MacTavish will give players one more chance, or start moving them out:

This invariably leads to talk about the “big three” of Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Of the group, Eberle is thought to be the most expendable because 1) he plays the wing, and 2) he’s the oldest. If Edmonton needs to retool in a significant manner, Eberle could net a significant return and there would be adequate replacements in the wings (pardon the pun), with Nail Yakupov topping the list.

That said, Edmonton would be giving up its alternate captain, most consistent scorer and longest-serving player. All of which is hard to fathom… on a variety of levels.

Exhale: Canada holds off Russia, wins 2015 WJC gold

Connor McDavid

Canada probably made a few hearts skip a beat in Toronto, but ultimately they held on to beat Russia 5-4 to win gold at the 2015 World Junior Championship on Monday. It’s the dominant country’s first gold in this format since 2009.

They raced out to a 5-1 lead, yet a penalty-heavy second period melted that margin to an excruciating one-goal difference. There were countless close calls, yet Canada managed to bend-but-not break enough to win it all.

Again, it was an edge-of-your-seat finish, especially if you were rooting for Canada or Russia. Just ask Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle, who has enjoyed dramatic highs and lows of his own at the WJC:

It was a scintillating preview of hockey’s future, especially in regard to possible 2015 first overall pick Connor McDavid (pictured).

McDavid scored a goal in the gold-medal game, yet it was once again Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi who stood out the most, as he collected a goal and two assists to lead Canadian scorers. Zach Fucale was put to the test in net, stopping 26 out of 30 shots, including some high-presure work in the dying moments.

In other tournament news, Slovakia beat Sweden 4-2 earlier today to win bronze, marking just its second medal in the tournament and the first since also winning bronze in 1999. Goalie Denis Godla won MVP; here’s the rest of the tournament MVP list, via the Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle: