The Boston Bruins squared off with the San Jose Sharks on Monday and found themselves in an all out battle.
To find out how things went down, continue reading the game recap below.
The Bruins and Sharks played back-and-forth hockey through most of the first period.
That is until the Sharks took back-to-back high sticking penalties to put the Bruins on the power play. That’s when Torey Krug lit the lamp for his sixth goal of the season — putting the Bruins up 1-0.
Shortly after Krug put the B’s up 1-0, things seemed to fall apart for San Jose. Zdeno Chara followed up with a heavy slapshot for his fourth of the season, extending the Bruins lead to 2-0.
And shortly after that? Jake DeBrusk sends a slick pass to Karson Kuhlman for his first NHL goal.
The B’s managed to score three goals in about four and a half minutes, probably the fastest three goals they’ve scored this season.
Three seconds before the period ended though, Joe Thornton was able to jam a rebound home to get the Sharks on the board before heading into the second period.
The Bruins certainly got off to a great start in the first period. San Jose goaltender Martin Jones was very shaky in the first, giving up three goals on eight shots.
First Period Scoring Summary:
Torey Krug (6) — Assisted by Krejci (36), Bergeron (35)
Zdeno Chara (4) — Assisted by Kuraly (11)
Karson Kuhlman (1) — Assisted by DeBrusk (9), Krejci (37)
Joe Thornton (11) — Pavelski (22)
After cutting the lead to 3-1 in the first period, the Sharks looked to add another goal or two in the second period.
The second period was just as entertaining as the first period.
Joe Pavelski was quick to pot his 32nd goal of the season on the power play just two minutes into the second period.
Pavelski managed to tip a Brent Burns wrister past Rask while falling to the ice to cut the Bruins lead to 3-2.
Not too long after that, Jake DeBrusk flipped one top shelf past Jones for his 18th goal of the season. DeBrusk is now on a four game point streak, tallying four goals and four assists for eight points.
DeBrusk’s goal made it 4-2 Boston, but not for long.
Thornton added to his goal total by scoring his second goal of the night to cut the Bruins lead to 4-3.
Thornton has been a staple in the San Jose lineup for a long time and certainly made an impact on Monday’s game.
The last 40 or so seconds of the second period were wild. The Bruins were awarded a power play and Logan Couture ended up getting a penalty shot.
As Couture went in for a breakaway chance on the penalty kill, Marchand was called for a penalty which sent Couture in for a penalty shot bid.
Couture of course scored on the penalty shot to tie the game at four a piece.
Second Period Scoring Summary:
Joe Pavelski (32) — Assisted by Burns (54), Couture (33)
Jake DeBrusk (18) — Assisted by Heinen (11), Backes (9)
Joe Thornton (12) — Assisted by Sorenson (9), Simek (8)
Logan Couture (22) — Penalty shot goal
Heading into the third period, it was a whole new game. The Bruins and Sharks were basically back at square one, tied and looking for a chance to take the lead.
It was all San Jose in the third period. The Sharks held the Bruins without a shot on goal for most of the period.
With about six minutes remaining in the third period, Thornton scored his third goal of the night to make it 5-4 Sharks. This was Thornton’s first hat trick in eight years.
Chris Wagner tied the game at five a piece when he batted down the puck in mid-air and jammed it home. Wagner’s goal was very controversial as it was possibly played above shoulder height.
Although the puck was played above shoulder height, the play was not reviewable and the referees deemed it a good goal.
The Bruins and Sharks headed to overtime tied at five a piece.
Third Period Scoring Summary:
Joe Thornton (13) — Assisted by Pavelski (23), Braun (13)
Chris Wagner (8) — Assisted by Carlo (4), Acciari (4)
It was all Sharks in overtime, battering Tuukka Rask with shots left and right.
Until… Charlie McAvoy gets a feed from David Krejci and slaps the puck home from the slot. He wasn’t going to miss that.
The Bruins extend their point streak to 11 games, 8-0-3 and will face the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday.