Boston Bruins take a bite out of the Sharks in late game win

SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Peter Cehlarik
SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Peter Cehlarik /

After defeating the Kings in LA on Thursday night, the Boston Bruins had one more foe left on the California road trip.

The Boston Bruins, once again, were searching for their first winning streak of the season.  All they had to do was defeat the Sharks in the Shark Tank in San Jose.  Now I can proudly say, the Bruins have finally registered back to back wins for the first time all season.  For a deeper look into the game let’s jump right into the shark infested water.

1st period

The Bruins could not have gotten off to a worse start to this game.  The Sharks scored just 62 seconds into the game after some poor net front defense. Luckily for the Bruins, the goal was waved off as the referees and control center in Toronto declared the puck was gloved into the net and the goal was disallowed.

However, about 5 minutes into the period, some more terrible net front defense allowed Sharks forward Timo Meier put the puck in the net, this time legally, and the Sharks had a 1-0 lead.  But the Bruins quickly battled back as Jake DeBrusk danced around two Sharks defenders and crashed the net.  Peter Cehlarik knocked in the rebound, scoring his first career goal, and tying the game at 1.

Boston Bruins
SAN JOSE, CA – NOVEMBER 18: Peter Cehlarik /

Minutes later in the period it was Jake DeBrusk again, as he used his great speed to chase down a loose puck for a breakaway, and sniped one past Sharks goalie Aaron Dell to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead after the first period.

2nd Period

The second period began with the Bruins in the lead on the scoreboard, but the Sharks controlled most of the first period.  The Bruins were looking to slow down the Sharks.  The Bruins did just that as the Sharks had some chances in the period, but the Bruins were stronger defensively in the 2nd, limiting their shots and it was a better period overall for the Bruins.

But, both teams could not find the back of the net and the Bruins and Sharks headed for the locker rooms after the period, in a one goal game.

3rd Period

The Bruins, attempting to finish off the California road trip strong, had one period to go in order to pull 4 out of 6 points during their visit to the West Coast.  Just like the second, both teams had some chances to score but both goalies were up to the task.

The only goal of the period started off a superb Kevan Miller rush and then a great centering pass that found Danton Heinen in front of goal who put the puck past Aaron Dell and gave the Bruins a two goal advantage.  The Bruins held the Sharks at bay for the final few minutes, defeating the Sharks 3-1.

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Quick Shifts

  • The Bruins started backup goalie Anton Khudobin in back-to-back games and it is clearly the right decision to right the hot hand right now.
  • After a rough week last week, the Bruins had a lot riding on this trip, and overall it was a very impressive performance by the Bs and I hope they can ride this momentum throughout Thanksgiving and into Christmas season.
  • It wasn’t all good news as Torey Krug went down with an injury against the Ducks, and missed the final two games this week.  Hopefully he’ll be back soon.
  • The Bruins also didn’t have two of their best forwards as Brad Marchand and Anders Bjork didn’t travel to California with the team.