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Forward David Krejci and captain Zdeno Chara, as many know, did not make the road trip, but were reported to be making great strides towards return back home in Boston. Healthy scratches for tonight were forward Seth Griffith and defenseman Joe Morrow.
A drop pass from Reilly Smith to Brad Marchand got the Bruins top line into the zone. Marchand sent the puck across the crease and Smith put it home to give the Bruins the lead just 29 seconds into the first period. This goal ended Smith’s 11-game scoring drought. Shortly after, some smooth moves from Daniel Paille got him around Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Paille fed the puck to Gregory Campbell, who beat Antti Niemi blocker side to put the Bruins up 2-0. With 7:39 left in the period, Matt Nieto was called for hooking and the B’s were put on the power play. With a little over two minutes left in the first, Dennis Seidenberg was sent to the box for tripping Nieto, but the B’s made the kill and the first period ended with the lead still intact.
27 seconds into the second, the Sharks got themselves on the board after Tommy Wingels tipped in a drive from Vlasic. Carl Soderberg got two minutes for hooking, and the B’s were able to make the kill. An unlucky bounce off of Tyler Kennedy’s skate beat Tuukka Rask over the left shoulder to tie the game for the Sharks. The B’s were put on the kill once again as Campbell sat for high-sticking, but Wingels gave the Sharks the go-ahead goal. Reilly Smith came up big with his second of the night, scoring off a pass from Carl Soderberg. Smith’s second also marked only the second time that the Bruins have scored more than two goals in their last eleven games. Joe
Thornton had a nice chance to score on an open net, but Rask robbed him with a sprawling save. Torey Krug ripped a shot from the top of the zone, giving the B’s the go-ahead goal with a little over seven minutes left in the second. Dennis Seidenberg sat for the second time, called for hooking. Joe Pavelski capitalized on the penalty, keeping the game alive for the Sharks. With 31.9 left in the second period, the Bruins were put on the power play as Pavelski sat for hooking. Both teams would head to the third period tied, 4-4.
The Bruins started the third period with 1:29 left on their power play, but the Sharks made the kill. Kennedy put the Sharks up 5-4 off of a deflection 3:02 into the third, tallying his second of the night. Marchand and Wingels sat for roughing with a little over nine minutes left in the third. The Sharks got their sixth goal of the night on the board, with Pavelski cutting inside of Hamilton and the puck bouncing off Milan Lucic into the net. The goals kept coming for the Sharks, with Pavelski shooting the puck wide and Thomas Hertl tucking it in at the post. The final buzzer rang, and the Sharks took the W.