San Jose Sharks Thursday game wrap: Bruins score six as Sharks lose three straight

February 9, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

~ Photo: JohnTlumacki / The Boston Globe

~ Story by Pearl Allison Lo

~ With a blizzard blowing outside, Boston added their own flurry with a 6-3 win over San Jose under their new interim coach Thursday.

The game leading goal occurred in the first period as the Bruins eventually had an answer every time the Sharks scored.

Boston’s David Pastrnak had two power play goals (first time – Darin Stephens), Patrice Bergeron had one goal and three assists, David Backes had one goal and two assists (seven shots) and Tuukaa Rask made 23 saves.

San Jose starting goalie Martin Jones was removed early (second time this year) after the first as the Bruins scored two and half power play goals in the game (one after momentum)

The Sharks added a regulation loss to their three game losing streak (shootout, overtime, regulations).

Backes started the scoring on the game’s first shot, 52 seconds in.

At 7:51, San Jose tied the game. Tomas Hertl prevented a clear and Joe Thornton changed directions as he circled around after the pass, to score from the right faceoff circle. It was his first goal this year against a goalie in net as Thornton continued his success against his former team and Rask. This was as close scorewise as the Sharks would get though.

Patrick Marleau missed on a 2-on-1 before Bergeron gave Boston its clinching lead at 15:52.

Pastrnak scored his first power play at 17:31 after a too many men on the ice call.

Both Jones and backup Aaron Dell ended up giving up three goals apiece. Dell faced 15 shots his first period.

San Jose shook off the first and started strong with Justin Braun scoring from the point (his 100th NHL point) just 1:08 in. It cut the score to 3-2.

However, the Bruins responded like the first, with Tim Schaller and Pastrnak on the power play scoring at 13:04 and 19:11.

The Sharks had a solid penalty kill before the two goals.

5-2 was the score until San Jose’s Timo Meier scored 10 seconds after they had a power play at 17:23. San Jose pulled Dell before the two minute mark.

The Bruins’ sixth goal came from Brad Marchand on an empty net with 29.3 seconds left.

Game notes: The last time the Sharks gave up 6 goals was October 17. Boston’s Zdeno Chara remained out with the flu. The Bruins now have 30+ shots in their last 16. San Jose will get Friday off to recover before two early morning games, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 9:30am.

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