Boston, MA -
The San Jose Sharks scored three power play goals in the second period en route to a 6-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night at the TD Banknorth Garden. Milan Jurcina scored both of Boston's goals, his second two-goal game in as many nights. Andrew Raycroft and Tim Thomas
combined for 27 saves, while Evgeni Nabokov made 22 for the Sharks.
"We had an opportunity to take two points tonight and we let it slip by," said Head Coach Mike Sullivan. "That is what's most disappointing. We got beat in every facet of the game. Special teams, even strength, face-offs – they were the better team in every area tonight and that's why they beat us. It's pretty hard to single any aspect of the game out to be quite honest. I'm a positive guy by nature, and I try to address the good and the bad, but I don't know that we can take a positive out of tonight."
San Jose got on the board first when Josh Langfeld scored his first of the season on a rebound from the right side of the goal at 3:15 of the first period. Mark Smith took the initial shot that Andrew Raycroft saved, but Langfeld picked up the puck and scored to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.
In the highly anticipated return of Joe Thornton to Boston, the former captain was ejected less than six minutes into the game for hitting Hal Gill from behind. Gill fell to the ice and went directly to the locker room holding his shoulder and didn't return. Thornton was called for a five-minute major penalty and received an automatic game misconduct for the hit.
"I know Joe (Thornton) plays with an edge and I was excited to be playing against him," said Gill. "I think everyone in the building knew he was going to hit me, as well as I, and I just caught it the wrong way. I think if I didn't get that nerve pinched it should have been maybe a two minute penalty or something."
San Jose took a 2-0 lead at 13:12 on Langfeld's second of the game, finishing off a 2-on-1 shorthanded break with Alyn McCauley.
The Bruins got one back just over a minute later on a power play goal at 14:39 of the first by Milan Jurcina. Jurcina scored his third of the season on a slap shot from the point after Marco Sturm left it for him upon entering the zone.
"We have been joking with him as players that all you have to do is hit the net," said defenseman Brian Leetch. "The goalies in this league can't stop that shot. He's taking time and looking and placing a nice hard shot where he wants it. It's good to see."
Three minutes into the second period, Patrick Marleau set up Scott Hannan on the power play to give the Sharks a 3-1 lead.
With Andrew Alberts in the penalty box for boarding, the Sharks jumped out to a 4-1 lead on a goal by Patrick Marleau. Jonathan Cheechoo passed the puck down to Nils Ekman in the corner. Ekman took the puck, circled the net, and put a pass on Marleau's stick for his 17th of the season.
San Jose scored its third power play goal of the game on a goal by Jonathan Cheechoo. Cheechoo netted his 24th of the season off a pass from Nils Ekman at 16:19 for a 5-1 San Jose lead. After the goal, Andrew Raycroft was replaced by Tim Thomas
, who was called up earlier in the day after clearing waivers. Raycroft finished with 21 saves.
"I thought Andrew (Raycroft) was the best player we had tonight," added Sullivan. "We didn't do a very good job supporting him. I thought he did a terrific job in the first period. He made some big saves and gave us a chance to win the game."
Nils Ekman scored his eighth of the season off a feed from Patrick Marleau to extend the San Jose lead to 6-1 just 19 seconds into the third period.
With 1:56 left, Milan Jurcina added his second goal of the game. Dan LaCouture dug hard in the corners and was able to dish the puck to Jurcina for his fourth of the season and second two-goal game in a row.
The Bruins return to the Garden ice on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. when they face the Los Angeles Kings.