The Bruins started of their tough California Road trip, against San Jose Sharks on Thursday night. Boston were looking to tie the series with San Jose beating Boston in the Garden 4-2.Boston's David Krejci won the first faceoff to get game 73 underway.
At the start of the game, Boston started off slow. In fact it took the Bruins almost 3 minutes to have the first shot at the Sharks goalkeeper. But unfortunately for the Bruins they went 1-0 down at 3:57 of the 1st. Joe Pavelski, scored his 27Th goal of the season with a wrist shot past Tim Thomas. The Goal was assisted by Patrick Marleau with his 31st of the season and Shark's captain Joe Thornton with his 53rd of the season. With 11:10 left of the 1st Gregory Campbell tripped Jason Demers to give SJ their first power play of the game. Gregory Campbell to the box for 2 minutes. With Gregory Campbell in the Box, Jason Demers was not happy with the hit, him and Shawn Thornton almost dropped their gloves, the linesmen had to intervene before any punches were thrown. Lucky for Boston they killed the PP. The first period ended with SJ having 8-5 Shots on Goals.
Boston's Tim Thomas was the busiest goalies at the start of the 2ND period, SJ was starting to put a lot of pressure on the Bruins, and in that period of time, SJ's Goalie Anti Niemi had 3 saves to make. With 11:27 of the 2ND gone, Boston went on their first power play of the game, with Justin Braun slashing. Justin Braun to the box for 2 mins. Unfortunately Boston, could not do anything with the PP but give Tim credit he kept the Boston in the game. The second period ended with still 1-0 to SJ. Sharks out-shooting Boston 19-10.
At the start of the 3rd period, Boston were very sloppy and SJ capitalized, Andrew Desjardins, past the puck to Daniel Winnick. Daniel Winnick took a wrist Shot, to slot home a 2ND goal for SJ. Daniel Winnick scored his 6Th goal of the season, with a 11Th assist of the season. going to Andrew Desjardins. With 15:51 left of regulation, Dennis Seidenberg had a big shot but fortunately for SJ's Niemi saw the puck all the way, still 2-0 SJ. With 6:41 left time was running out for the depleted Boston team, with SJ having 24-15 Shots on Goal. With 4:15 left to go, Boston Scores, Zdeno Chara banked a re-bound shot of SJ goalie Niemi, with a wrist shot past Niemi and into the SJ's goal to make it 2-1. Zdeno Chara scores his 11TH goal of the season, on his 999TH game. The Assists on the goal went to Chris Kelly with his 16TH of the season and Brian Rolston with his 12TH of the season. But unfortunately the goal Game too late in the game for Boston and it finished 2-1 SJ.
Boston now heads up to LA to face the Kings in the Staples Center on Saturday night with a 9pm start time.