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Larceny in Beantown
Bruins steal two points with last second goal
10/24/13 - By Mike Lee -

There are painful ways to lose, and there was Thursday night in Boston. The Sharks turned in the usual shot fest, pumping 39 pucks on net, but only had a lone goal to show for it. Then they paid the price. David Krejci stuck a dagger in the Shark heart, scoring with 0.8 seconds left in regulation to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory, sending San Jose to their first regulation loss of the season. Poised to earn a t least one point by making it to the overtime period, the Sharks let their guard down at the wrong instance of the game allowing the Bruins to steal two points.

* Bruins captain Zdeno Chara reminded the Sharks why helmets are important, after he tried beheading Tommy Wingels with a hit to the noggin in the opening period. Chara was not penalized on the play, but Wingels did not return after the 1st intermission. Given the lack of whistles throughout the evening, it's curious that the Sharks didn't try to get away with a maiming or two of their own. The NHL's consistency at being inconsistent in their enforcement of head shot infractions leaves everyone guessing to see if there will be any penalty imposed on Chara.

* Shawn Thornton clanked a shot off the left post 3 minutes into the 2nd period after finding himself on a partial breakaway. Thornton tried teeing up a shot from the top of the right circle, rather than force the issue in tight as Jason Demers tried to cut him off.

* Antti Niemi made his biggest save with 3minutes to play in the 2nd period, robbing Patrice Bergeron who tried one-timing a pass of a 2-on-1 break. Problem is Niemi only stopped 15 of 17 shots. Given his teammates lack of offensive fortitude, it was not the time to have a mediocre game in net. Ironically, the Boston media awarded Niemi the third star of the game.

* Bruins goaltender Tuuka Rask on the other hand turned in a gem of a performance. Of his 38 saves, many of them were of the challenging variety and came in bushels.

* The Sharks dominated the Bruins through the first 39 minutes, then a fluke cost them. Jerome Iginla knuckled on a shot to the crease from the left side of the Sharks goal at 18:48, but the slow moving puck fooled Nimei. The Sharks goaltender tried to smother the puck with his right pad, but as he tried covering it, his pad swept it into the goal. The score came on Boston's 10th shot of the game.

* Patrick Marleau got the Sharks back into the game 18 seconds in to the 3rd period, sweeping home a rebound, after Marc-Edouard Vlasic bounced a shot off Tuuka Rask from the left point.

* Chara continued his antics later in the game, portraying a medieval dentist and applying his stick to the chops of Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl. The young Czech fell to the ice clutching his mouth, but again no penalty was called. Joe Thornton exacted some retribution by tripping Chara daintily along the end boards. Thornton of course, earned a trip to the penalty box, because no trip shall go uncalled in the NHL!

* Hertl's fellow rookie teammate Freddie Hamilton had the opportunity to square off against older brother Dougie. Hamilton's brother is a second year defenseman for the Bruins. The Hamilton brothers had their parent in attendance to see the siblings oppose each other for the first time as NHLers. The two brothers played together for the Niagra Ice Dogs (OHL) from 2010 through 2012. Dougie Hamilton was Boston's 1st round pick (9th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

* One glaring hole in the Sharks game was in the faceoff circle. San Jose only won 42% of their draws. Joe Thornton was an abysmal 3 of 12 (25%). Logan Couture faired only slightly better, winning 5 of 13 faceoffs (38%).

* In a continuing trend, the Sharks were out-hit 30-17 by the Bruins. Chara and Shawn Thornton each had 5 hits apiece. Hertl led the Sharks with 4, which should be a point of concern. Having your future scoring muscle leading the team in hits means your role players aren't doing their job.

* Tyler Kennedy led the Sharks with 6 shots, all coming from angles unlikely to fool many NHL goaltenders.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 1 1
BOS 0 1 1 2
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, BOS, Iginla 1 (Seidenberg, Lucic), 18:48.
3rd period - 2, SJ, Marleau 8 (Vlasic), 0:18. 3, BOS, Krejci 2 (McQuid, Lucic), 19:59.
1st period - Iginla, BOS (roughing), 0:41.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - Thornton, SJ (tripping), 4:35.
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 17 15
BOS - Rask 39 38
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 16 9 14 39
BOS 3 7 7 17
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 1
BOS 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Tuuka Rask
David Krejci
Antti Niemi
Referees: Hasenfratz, Walsh. Linesmen: Driscoll, Nansen.
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