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Sharks fall short in Beantown
Late surge not enough in 4-3 loss
10/24/2021 - By Mike Lee
All good things must eventually come to an end. On Sunday, it was the Sharks fantastic season start that fizzled in a morning matinee with the Boston Bruins at TD Garden Arena. A flat opening snowballed into a deficit the Sharks couldn't overcome. Trailing 4-1 in the 3rd period, the Sharks fought back, but would fall 4-3 as San Jose loses for the first time this season.

Quick starts have not been part of the Sharks makeup, but the big deficit set the tone. The Bruins were simply better in all facets of the game. They controlled the puck for most of the game, and allowed goaltender Linus Ullmark to enjoy a light workload early. Had the Sharks started the game the way they finished it, Ullmark's day may have been a little more sour.

Ullmark only faced 16 shots through the first two periods, including a paltry 5 attempts by San Jose in a 2nd period that has been the Sharks money frame so far this season. The Sharks turned up the heat in the last 10 minutes of the game, and started to chip away at Boston's big lead.

They simply ran out of time.

Things got ugly from the opening faceoff, when Brad Marchand scored just 28 seconds into the contest. Boston worked the puck out off the end boards with passes between the corners, before Patrice Bergeron found Marchand in the slot for a one time chance that beat Adin Hill. Marchand found a soft spot between three Shark defenders before depositing his 4th goal of the season.

Derek Forbort doubled the lead with a shot from the left point less than 3 minutes later. Hill's view of the shot appeared to be unimpeded, but he just missed getting blocker up soon enough. The shot tucked just under Hill's right arm for the 2-0 lead.

David Pasternak scored a back breaker goal with under 4 minutes left in the period after the Sharks failed to get a clear. With Brent Burns in the penalty box serving an interference penalty, the Sharks streak of 10 consecutive penalty kills ended when Pastrnak one-timed a Bergeron feed as he sat parked on the left dot. Hill was dead to rights as the shot found the upper left corner.

San Jose was able to cut into the Bruins lead before the period expired when rookie Jasper Weatherby found a seam between Ullmark and the left post. Andrew Cogliano raved up the left wing, before crossing with Weatherby and sliding a setup pass as his young linemate skated to the left corner. Weatherby whipped the puck on net as he slated out of the left corner, bagging his 2nd goal of the season.

The 2nd period was no kinder to San Jose. The team had little jump an Boston continued to control the tempo as well as the puck. Jake DeBrusk made it a 4-1 game at 5:41 of the period on a fluke play. With the Bruins entering the Sharks zone, Oskar Steen tried dumping the puck deep, but his lob hit DeBrusk and landed right in front of the forward. DeBrusk already had a step on Radim Simek, and was able to pick his shot, lifting it over Hill's left shoulder for the 4-1 lead.

Sharks head coach Bob Boughner pulled Hill in favor of James Reimer who would hold the Bruins scoreless the remainder of the game. Boston had little incentive to push on offense with their big lead, although Reimer would still face 20 shots.

The next 20 minutes appeared as if the Sharks were resolved to get on the plane and head to their final stop of their current 5-game road trip, but things turned late in the game.

Tomas Hertl made it a 4-2 game at 13:19 of the 3rd period, when he deflected a Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot from the low slot. Vlasic threw the puck on net from the blueline, before Hertl got a stick blade on the shot, lifting it past Ullmark for his 2nd goal of the season.

Timo Meier made the game interesting when he redirected a Logan Couture shot past Ullmark with just under 5 minutes remaining in regulation. Couture was hovering near the right point, when he threw it toward the low slot. Meier got his stick blade on the shot, redirecting it between Ullmark's pads for his 3rd tally of the season.

San Jose finally started to turn up the heat, controlling the puck for most of the final 5 minutes, but they couldn't get the equalizer. A pair of scoring chances in tight would fall short and so went the winning streak.

Game Notes:

* Jonah Gadjovich and Alexander Barabanov made their season debuts for the Sharks. Gadjovich earned his first career point with primary assist on Jasper Weatherby's goal.

* Jake Middleton dropped the gloves with Trent Frederic early in the 3rd period, which provided a little juice for the Sharks.

* Karson Kuhlman was the only Bruin skater who did not record a shot on goal in the game. Boston combined for 34 shots in the game, led by Patrice Bergeron (5). The Sharks had four skaters with 3 shots each.

* Special Teams played a factor in this one. The Bruins converted on 1 of 3 chances. The Sharks filed to convert on their 2 power play opportunities. The Sharks had scored power goals in each of their first 3 games, but have gone scoreless in their last 2 games.

* The Sharks will wrap up their 5-game road trip with a date in Nashville on Tuesday night. Nashville has struggled early, dropping 4 of their first 5 games.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 0 2 3
BOS 3 1 0 4
1st period - 1, BOS, Marchand 4 (Bergeron, Pastrnak), 0:28. 2, SJ, Forbort 1 (Marchand, Clifton), 3:18. 3, BOS, Pastrnak 2 (Bergeron), 16:12, (pp). 4, SJ, Weatherby 2 (Gadjovich, Cogliano), 16:44.
2nd period - 5, BOS, DeBrusk 2 (Steen), 5:41.
3rd period - 6, SJ, Hertl 2 (Vlasic, Barabanov), 13:19. 7, SJ, Meier 3 (Couture, Dahlen), 15:08.
1st period - Nosek, BOS (tripping), 9:44; McAvoy, BOS (high sticking), 13:01; Burns, SJ (interference), 15:59.
2nd period - Bonino, SJ (roughing - double minor), 17:29; Clifton, BOS (roughing), 17:29.
3rd period - Middleton, SJ (fighting major), 3:02; Frederic, BOS (fighting major), 3:02; Ferraro, SJ (interference), 5:48.
Shots Saves
SJ - Hill 14 10
SJ - Reimer 20 20
BOS - Ullmark 26 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 11 5 10 26
BOS 11 11 12 34
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
BOS 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Brad Marchand
David Pastrnak
Derek Forbort
TD Garden - 17,850
Referees: Hebert, Pochmara. Linesmen: Murray, Flemington.

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