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More 3rd period fail
Boston scores 3 unanswered 3rd period goals
10/21/14 - By Mike Lee -

After a quick start to open the season, bad habits are starting to cost the Sharks games. Yet another 3rd period collapse turned a lead into a loss as San Jose fell in regulation for the second consecutive game. San Jose gagged up a 3-2 lead by surrendering three goals to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in the final 20 minutes, falling 5-3.

For a team that's supposed to be reworking its attitude, this one seemed to be much of the same lack of urgency that plagued them in the second half of last season. For the second game in a row, San Jose showed up for the first 40 minutes of the game, then crawled into a hole when the game was on the line.

Even when gifted with a 4-minute power play to end the game, the Sharks found a way to let the other team score goals in the money period. Patrice Bergeron gift wrapped an opportunity to tie the game with 4:29 left in regulation when he cut Justin Braun with a high stick, but the Sharks tripped over themselves when it mattered most.

Rather than force the issue in front of Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, the Sharks played patty-cake with the puck on the power play and burned away 4 minutes of gift wrapped game-tying power play time. Head coach even pulled Antti Niemi to setup a 6-on-4, but the Sharks promptly coughed up the puck and let the short-handed Bruins guarantee their win with an empty net goal.

The Bruins power play on the other hand had little issue putting the puck past Niemi. Brad Marchand took a pass at the right point then headed for the net before firing a shot from the right dot that caught the crossbar for the 1-0 Bruins lead.

Logan Couture answered with a power play goal of his own almost 3 minutes later, deflecting a Patrick Marleau shot past Rask for his 2nd tally of the season. Couture simply parked himself in front of the Bruins net and created a vision issue for Rask.

The Bruins power play struck again 6:54 into the 2nd period when Torey Krug replicated Marchand's goal by taking a pass at the same right point, then skating toward the net and firing a shot past Niemi. Unlike the Sharks, who tend to fire the puck from the point, Boston figure out to drive toward the net, cutting Niemi's reaction time on hard shots from the outside.

Couture tied the game once again 10 minutes later, taking a Marleau pass in the slot and lifting a 10 foot shot over Rask for the equalizer. Marleau created the opportunity by gathering a loose puck near the right dot as he floated backwards toward the net. With two Bruin defenders collapsing on him, he slipped the puck back out to the slot where Couture was slashing in for the easy deposit.

Joe Thornton gave the Sharks their only lead of the night 37 seconds later. Joe Pavelski fought off a check along the right wing boards, then floated the puck on net. Thornton knocked down the waist high feed with his stick blade, knocking it into the Bruins net for the 3-2 lead.

That would be it for San Jose's game.

The Sharks continued a long standing tradition of allowing opposing rookies to score their first career NHL goals. 4:50 into the 3rd period, San Jose went into keystone cop mode, tripping over themselves while a loose puck found rookie Seth Griffith, who snapped a shot past Niemi for his first tally as an NHLer.

Gregory Campbell emerged from NHL anonymity by putting the Bruins on top 4-3 after Marc-Edouard Vlasic made a half-hearted attempt to contain a puck that was winding around his own end boards. Daniel Paille scooped it up along the right wing boards and fired it on net, where Campbell was there to redirect it past Niemi.

David Krejci ended things with his short-handed tally late after San Jose's special teams failed to deliver on their extended power play at the end of the contest.

Game Notes:

* The Sharks had three minor penalties on the night, all of the tripping variety.

* Tye McGinn, Mirco Mueller and Chris Tierney were all scratched freeing up ice time for game changers like John Scott and Adam Burish.

* James Sheppard made his season debut, centering the Sharks third line. Sheppard logged 13:29 of ice time on 19 shifts. He was credited with a shot and two hits, while winning 6 of 9 faceoffs.

* Marelau, Couture and Tomas Hertl where all a -2. Mareau and Couture were on the ice for all three 3rd period goals scored by Boston.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 1 2 0 3
BOS 1 1 3 5
1st period - 1, BOS, Marchand 1 (Lucic, Krug), 13:57, (pp). 2, SJ, Couture 2 (Marleau, Burns), 16:28, (pp).
2nd period - 3, BOS, Krug 2 (Lucic, Krejci), 6:54, (pp). 4, SJ, Couture 3 (Marleau, Wingels), 16:15. 5, SJ, Thornton 2 (Pavelski, Braun), 16:52.
3rd period - 6, BOS, Griffith 1 (Lucic, Krug), 4:50. 7, BOS, Campbell 1 (Paille), 10:42. 8, BOS, Krejci 2 (Chara, Kelly), 19:35, (sh) (en).
Penalties
1st period - Burns, SJ (tripping), 13:02; Marchand, BOS (cross checking), 15:56.
2nd period - Desjardins, SJ (tripping), 6:46; Hertl, SJ (tripping), 8:29.
3rd period - Bergeron, BOS (high sticking - double minor), 15:51.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 32 28
BOS - Rask 34 31
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 9 15 10 34
BOS 8 16 9 33
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
BOS 2 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Milan Lucic
Logan Couture
Seth Griffith
Attendence
17,565
Officials
Referees: Devorski, Rooney. Linesmen: Kovachik, Nowak.
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