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Donskoi leads Sharks over Bruins
San Jose gets rare back to back home wins
3/15/16 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks accomplished something on Tuesday night that they've only done once this season. Win more than one game in a row. Even as they make a push for a Stanley Cup Playoff spot, it's hard to believe that San Jose had only strung together multiple wins one time this season. With their 3-2 win over the visiting Boston Bruins, the Sharks accomplished that feat for only the second time this season. Building on their 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals last Saturday, the Sharks overcame a 2-1 deficit to beat the visiting Bruins. San Jose swept the season series, having also won in Boston 5-4 on November 17th.

Joonas Donskoi was the hero du jour, scoring his 11th goal of the season 6:37 into the 3rd period to push the Sharks on top for good. Donskoi tipped a Joel Ward shot from the left circle as he sat parked at the top of the crease. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask appeared to try and dive to his left to stop Ward's shot, but Donskoi's stick blade changed the trajectory of the shot, slipping it under Rask.

The goal came on the Sharks 4th power play of the game, after winger Jimmy Hayes leveled Justin Braun with shoulder to the Shark defenseman's head, earning a trip to the penalty box. San Jose had misfired on three other chances.

None of those misfires was bigger than their first chance with the man advantage late in the opening period. The Sharks got careless with the puck, springing Loui Eriksson, who raced up ice and slipped a shot past Sharks goaltender James Reimer for the short-handed goal.

Eriksson's goal capped an opening period that ended with the Bruins holding a 2-1 lead.

Melker Karlsson opened the scoring 8:44 into the 1st period, chipping a shot past Rask from the doorstep after Donskoi made a blind backhand pass to the front of the net from the end boards. Logan Couture and Karlsson worked the cycle along the right wing boards, before the puck ended up on Donskoi's stick. Karlsson bolted for the front of the net where he converted for his 9th goal of the season.

David Krejci deposited a big rebound from the slot three minutes later. Torey Krug fired a shot from the right wing boards, bouncing the puck off Reimer's pads. The deflection landed right on Krejci's stick for the put back from the slot.

After Eriksson put the Bruins up 2-1, San Jose rallied to tie the game in the 2nd period. Brent Burns enjoyed a little puck luck when Bruins centerman Ryan Spooner tried to block a shot by laying his stick flat on the ice. The problem for Boston was that Spooner did it right in front of his own net, and when the puck hit Spooner's stick, it took a right turn en route to the Bruins net.

Donskoi worked his magic to give the Sharks the lead, but there was still plenty of hockey to play. Boston waited until the last second of play to try and cash in. After coughing the puck up at center ice, the Sharks allowed the Bruins to gain their zone and make a pass to Krug who was driving right down the slot uncontested. The Bruins forward ripped a hard shot that Reimer stopped with half a second left on the clock. It was too close a call for such an important game. The Los Angeles Kings won earlier in the evening, pushing their lead to 7 points, before the Sharks matched the outcome to keep pace with their division rivals.


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1 2 3 T
BOS 2 0 0 2
SJ 1 1 1 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Karlsson 9 (Donskoi, Couture), 8:44. 2, BOS, Krejci 15 (Pastrnak, Krug), 11:26. 3, BOS, Eriksson 27 (Krejci), 17:46, (sh).
2nd period - 4, SJ, Burns 26 (Hertl, Thornton), 11:46.
3rd period - 5, SJ, Donaskoi 11 (Ward, Burns), 6:37, (pp).
1st period - Hayes, BOS (hooking), 17:06; Krejci, BOS (slashing), 19:04.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - Hayes, BOS (illegal hit to head), 5:11; Donskoi, SJ (holding the stick), 10:20; McQuaid, BOS (interference), 13:37.
Shots Saves
BOS - Rask 27 24
SJ - Reimer 23 21
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
BOS 10 7 6 17
SJ 12 11 4 23
Power Play Conversion
BOS 0 of 1
SJ 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Joonas Donskoi
Melker Karlsson
David Krejci
Referees: Peel, St Pierre. Linesmen: Gibs, Shewchyk.
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