Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) skates against San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Brad Marchand and the Bruins Beat San Jose In Overtime 2-1
By Barbara Mason
SAN JOSE–Saturday night the San Jose Sharks got past the Phoenix Coyotes in a solid 4-1 win, their second of the season against the desert dogs. The vastly improved Coyotes had beaten them three of five games this season and so the win was particularly significant. Taking that momentum into Sunday’s game against the Boston Bruins to SAP Arena one would think that San Jose would come out strong against Boston. Nothing could have been farther from the truth. In the first period, the Sharks looked worn out with a few bursts of energy here and there. They looked slow producing a real lack-luster effort. Although shots on goal were 9 to 7 in favor of the Bruins, the Sharks were lucky to escape the period only trailing 1-0 thanks completely to goalie Martin Jones. Boston’s Ryan Spooner scored his ninyh goal of the season for the only goal of the period.
The second period started with identical energy and even the fans sounded tired. The Bruins had taken the fans out of the game in the early goings. As the period wore on San Jose began to display more energy. The momentum in the period swayed in favor of the Sharks. San Jose also overtook shots on goal outshooting the Bruins 23-18. Despite some outrageous chances the Black and Teal were unable to find the net. At 17:37 however, San Jose finally broke through when Patrick Marleau scored his 21st goal of the season assisted by Brent Burns and David Schlemko to tie up the game 1-1. The energy at SAP took a decided turn and the Sharks were back in business.
The third period turned into a wild affair with the Bruins goalie Rask turning San Jose away time after time. With few stoppages in play the period flew by with neither team able to score. The period ended in the 1-1 tie with the Sharks taking 29 shots on goal to the Bruins 23. The game would go into overtime.
Both teams had opportunities in the extra minutes but it was Boston that created a breakaway with Brad Marchand luring Jones to one side of the net and sending the puck rocketing up the middle for the goal. The Sharks would go into the five day break on a losing note but still maintaining first place in the Pacific division earning one point for the overtime. As we have seen time and time again; it was goalie Martin Jones that kept the Sharks in this game with the offense sputtering at times.
Once the break is behind them, the Sharks will be on the road taking on Vancouver next Saturday. The puck drops at 7:00 PST at Rogers Centre.