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Marquee 3rd period in Boston
SJ scored 5 times to take showcase matchup
2/10/09 - By Mike Lee

The league’s marquee matchup between conference leadering Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks was decided with a flurry of 3rd period goals on Tuesday night. When the smoke cleared, the Sharks handed Boston their worst defeat of the season, with a 5-2 schooling. San Jose scored 4 goals in the 3rd period to overcome a 2-1 deficit, snapping a 3-game winless streak. The win also drew the Sharks to within 4 points of the Bruins for best record in the NHL.

San Jose tried to contain the speedy Bruins with physical play, and in turn had 5 different players score goals en route to their 37th victory of the season.

Milan Lucic gave the Bruins the lead 3:58 into the contest with a tap in after Dennis Wideman chipped a loose puck on net. San Jose got caught in front of their own net after the Bruins defenseman was checked off the puck in the slot. With the puck sitting between the circles, Wideman poked the puck forward where Marc Savard got a piece of it, before Lucic deposited it into an empty net.

Centerman Patrice Bergeron hauled down Marc-Edouard Vlasic in the Sharks zone to earn the only Boston penalty of the game. San Jose would take advantage however, with a Rob Blake goal at 7:18. Blake fired a shot from the top of the right circle, before taking two fortuitous redirects. Blake’s shot hit the shaft of Blake Wheeler’s stick, then redirected off the blade of Wideman’s stick, before slipping past Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas.

Boston would retake the lead with just over 5 minutes remaining in the period on Lucic’s second tally of the night. The Boston left wing dropped a pass to Petteri Nokelainen just inside the blueline then cut to the net. Nokelainen uncorked a 30-foot shot that Evgeni Nabokov had to make a kick save on. The rebound deflected right to Lucic, who punched home his 13th of the season.

Dan Boyle evaded a high sticking call, when he caught Nokelainen under the left eye right before the 1st intermission. The Bruins centerman left the game with blood under his eye, but no penalty was called. Referee Don VanMassenhoven conferred with the desk, and both head coaches, but play resumed 5-on-5.

San Jose would not evade the penalty box when the 2nd period would start though. Devin Setoguchi was whistled for interfering with Thomas just 28 seconds into the period, then Boyle was sent off 77 seconds later. The Bruins enjoyed a brief 2-man advantage, the Sharks weathered the storm, do mainly to their ability to clear the puck.

Savard just missed on a golden opportunity to score midway through the period, but Nabokov stacked his pads against the left post to deny the Bruins centerman. Thomas would equal Nabokov’s save with a stop on Mike Grier.

Both teams failed to score in the middle period, but the Sharks started to use their size to wear down the Bruins. San Jose out hit Boston 39-25, with many of those shots being doled out in the middle period. Sharks captain Patrick Marleau led the way with 6 hits. That statistic would become more apparent in the final 20 minutes of play.

The Sharks were apparently just warming up.

Marleau tied the game 3:32 into the 3rd period with his 27th goal of the season. A Christian Ehrhoff shot from the right point, made its way to the front of the net, but it hit Wideman’s shin pad. The puck deflected right to Marleau, who was cutting toward the net.

Milan Michalek gave the Sharks the lead 4 minutes later with a pretty shot from the slot that tucked under the crossbar after sailing over Thomas’ glove hand. Dan Boyle carried the puck across the blueline taking a defenseman with him, before dropping a pass to Michalek who had all day to pick his target.

Boston had little opportunity to match the Sharks offensive outburst generating only 2 shots on goal through the first 15 minutes of the period.

After getting booed most of the night, Joe Thornton would silence the sellout crowd with his 13th goal of the season at 9:48. Devin Setoguchi threw the puck at Thornton from the end boards as the big centerman cut toward the right post. The puck hit Thornton in the left skate, redirecting past Thomas for the 4-2 lead.

The Sharks would get caught up in penalty trouble in the back half of the period, with Jonathan Cheechoo taking a hooking penalty at 10:55, and Boyle getting called for holding 5 minutes later. Boston could muster no quality scoring chances on the two power plays, sealing the Bruins fate.

Grier would tack on an empty net goal for good measure, and the sharks 3-ame losing streak was done.

Game Notes:

The Sharks 5 penalty kills were a key to their win, especially considering that Boston entered the game with almost a 30% power play conversion rate at home this season. Marcel Goc suffered a lower body injury in the 1st period after taking a hit from Lucic. He did not return. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was in attendance.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 1 0 4 5
BOS 2 0 0 2
1st period - 1, BOS, Lucic 12 (Savard, Wideman), 3:58. 2, SJ, Blake 8 (Vlasic, Clowe), 7:18, (pp). 3, BOS, Lucic 13 (Nokelainen), 14:54.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Marleau 27 (Ehrhoff, Clowe), 3:32. 5, SJ, Michalek, 15 (Boyle, Clowe), 7:28. 6, SJ, Thornton 13 (Setoguchi, Marleau), 9:48. 7, SJ, Grier 10 (Marleau, Plihal), 19:31, (en).
Penalties
1st period - Bergeron, BOS (tripping), 5:31; Michalek, SJ (hooking), 16:15.
2nd period - Setoguchi, SJ (interference on goaltender), 0:28; Boyle, SJ (tripping), 1:39.
3rd period - Cheechoo, SJ (hooking), 10:55; Boyle, SJ (holding), 15:36.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 30 28
BOS - Thomas 30 26
BOS - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 6 13 12 31
BOS 13 10 7 30
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 1
BOS 0 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Ryane Clowe
Milan Lucic
Patrick Marleau
Attendence
17,565
Officials
Referees: Rooney, VanMassenhoven. Linesmen: Champoux, Nansen.

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