After defeating the Boston Bruins 5-4 on Tuesday night at TD Garden, the San Jose Sharks moved to a perfect 3-0 on their current six-game road trip — and received helped from an unlikely source. Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton made the B’s pay for a string of penalties, scoring power play goals just 25 seconds apart.
”You’ve got to win them all kinds of different ways,” coach Peter DeBoer said. ”It probably wasn’t what either coach predicted but we’ll take the result. We found a way.”
Marleau’s goal brought him one point closer to an NHL milestone, he now has 999 career points.
Joe Pavelski wasted no time in getting the scoring started in the goal barrage; he scored 42 seconds into the game and recorded another two assists for a three-point night. Melker Karlsson had a goal and one assist during the Sharks three-goal second period. Joonas Donskoi scored a goal of his own and Brent Burns tallied three assists to round out the scoring for San Jose in the game.
In net, goaltender Martin Jones seems to be returning to his No. 1 ways for the Sharks. He made a series of incredible saves throughout the game — none more important than two he made during the final seconds of the contest. Bruins forward Ryan Spooner ripped a shot from the high-slot; Jones slid across the crease and put his front directly in front of the shot.
“He’s a great goalie,” Thornton said of Jones. “We probably let him down on a couple goals, but when we needed him the most, he stood tall.”
His 25-save performance powered San Jose to its second three-game winning streak of the season.
San Jose, has showed significant resilience on its road trip. Against the Bruins, they fought back from behind twice, trailing 2-1 and 3-2 in the game. For the Bruins, the loss brought their home record to 2-6-1, they’ve failed to win consecutive games at home since the season began.
”We know that we’re not all playing our best every night and we have to,” forward Brad Marchand told the Associated Press. He was one of four Bruins to score goals Tuesday night. ”If we’re going to start putting a few wins together we have to have everyone going every night. We can’t have any passengers at all. If we have one then it’s enough to cost us a game and right now we have way too many.”
Loui Eriksson, Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Randell rounded out the scoring for Boston.
During postgame, Bruins head coach Claude Julien spoke hastily of his teams performance. ‘Sloppy tonight – sloppy. Really, that’s the only word I can find right now,” he said to the Associated Press. ”We have to deal with certain things and I plan on dealing with internally, but certainly not going to start elaborating here.”
San Jose will get a rest day while they travel to Philadelphia for a contest against the Flyers on Thursday night. On Tuesday night, the Flyers fell to the Los Angeles Kings, 3-2.