EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – David Tanabe’s scored his first goal of the season in overtime, lifting the new-look Boston Bruins to a 5-4 victory Saturday night over the Edmonton Oilers.

Tanabe won it just 30 seconds before the game would’ve gone to a shootout.

Brad Boyes had a career-high two goals as the Bruins won their second straight since trading captain Joe Thornton to San Jose on Wednesday.

Tanabe’s shot from the high slot beat Jussi Markkanen. After trailing 3-0 early in the second period, the Bruins fought back on a pair from goals from Boyes and one from Sergei Samsonov in a 5-minute span.

Patrice Bergeron gave Boston a 4-3 lead in the third period, but Fernando Pisani tied it to force overtime.

Pisani scored twice and finished with three points, and Todd Harvey and Ryan Smyth also scored for Edmonton, which had won six of eight games.

The Oilers finished their three-game homestand 1-2 to fall to 6-5-1 at Rexall Place.

Harvey scored on a wraparound backhand in the Oilers’ 16-shot first period and Smyth followed up just over two minutes later with his team-leading sixth goal on the power play.

He stripped new Boston defenseman Brad Stuart of the puck behind the Bruins net and swept in a rebound off Pisani’s point shot.

Pisani scored a power-play goal of his own to open the second period for a 3-0 Oilers lead. The Edmonton native followed up with a goal in the third that required video review.

Boston (10-13-5) began a three-game Western road trip with its only meeting against the Oilers this season. It was the Bruins’ first visit to Edmonton since the 2002-03 season.

Both teams played outside their own conferences for the first time this season.

The Bruins unloaded captain Thornton in a blockbuster deal with San Jose, getting Stuart, left winger Marco Sturm and center Wayne Primeau in return.

Notes: The Bruins face Western conference opponents their next six games. … Referee Kelly Sutherland took a headfirst dive to avoid Bruins defenseman Brian Leetch’s slap shot in the second period.

AP-ES-12-04-05 0726EST


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