BRUINS (6-2-0) vs SHARKS (8-0-1)
9:38 pm - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 2, SJS 1
KREJCI SCORES WITH LESS THAN A SECOND REMAINING: David Krejci provided the heroics for tonight's matchup when he redirected an Adam McQuaid pass past Antti Niemi with less then a second remaining on the clock to lift the Bruins to a 2-1 victory in Boston. The goal marked Krejci's second goal of the season, with McQuaid and Milan Lucic earning assists for their second and eighth of the season, respectively. Both Tuukka Rask and Antti Niemi played strong games in net with Rask stopping 38 of 39 shots and Niemi turning aside 15 of 17 shots. The Bruins are back in action on Saturday night when they take on former Bruins Jaromir Jagr and Michael Ryder and the rest of the New Jersey Devils squad at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET.
JOE THORNTON SENT TO THE BOX: The Bruins went on the power play in the first time in the evening when San Jose's Joe Thornton was called for tripping at 4:35 into the third period. The Bruins put the pressure on the Sharks, keeping the puck in the San Jose zone for a majority of the man-advantage, but were unable to find a seam to get the puck past Niemi with just under 14 minutes to go in the third period.
SHARKS TIE IT: Just 18 seconds into the third period, San Jose's Patrick Marleau was able to scoop up a rebound and put it in the back of the net for his eighth goal of the year to knot the game at one. Earning assists on the Sharks goal were Marc-Edouard Vlasic for his sixth of the season.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action tomorrow on Saturday night when they take on former Bruins Jaromir Jagr and Michael Ryder and the rest of the New Jersey Devils squad at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET.
8:50 pm - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 1, SJS 0
IGINLA GETS HIS FIRST AS A BRUIN: With 1:12 remaining int he second period Jarome Iginla slipped the puck past Antti Niemi from below the right faceoff circle for his first goal as a Boston Bruin. The goal snaps San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi's shutout streak of 119:52 of scoreless. Earning assists on the timely Iginla goal were Dennis Seidenberg and David Krejci for their fourth and eighth of the season, respectively. With the assists Krejci extends his point streak to six games (1-6=7 totals).
BERGY GETS ROBBED: With 2:51 to go in the second period, Brad Marchand led a two-on-one up ice with Patrice Bergeron skating hard in his wing. When Marchand reached the left faceoff circle he sent a crisp pass to Bergeron right on the money, who then sent a one timer on Antti Niemi, which Niemi was able to glove for arguably his best save of the night. The play looked eerily similar to the two-on-one Marchand led last game with Dougie Hamilton on his wing, which Hamilton was able to score on.
THORTY CATCHES IRON, KREJCI COMES CLOSE: Shawn Thornton had the best scoring opportunity for the B's early in the second frame when he took the puck up ice on a breakaway, unleashing a slapshot that made its way past the Shark's Antti Niemi, only to catch the post and ricochet wide. About two minutes later, David Krejci had a solid scoring bid as well for the B's when he found the puck all alone in the left faceoff circle, before sending a snapshot in on goal. Niemi was just able to body the puck up with his left shoulder to keep it out of the net and the Bruins scoreless.
8:03 pm - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, SJS 0
BRUINS BEING OUTSHOT, TUUKKA STANDING STRONG: Both Tuukka Rask and Antti Niemi were very strong in net for each squad turning away each attempt from the opposition. Rask had the heavier workload among the two netminders, making 16 saves, while Niemi turned aside just three. Rask made a highlight save in the final three minutes of the period when he stoned San Jose's leading goal score Tomas Hertl (tied with Patrick Marleau with 7) from point blank after the puck took a Shark friendly bounce right to Hertle's stick in the slot. Leading the way in the shots department were Freddie Hamilton (Brother of Bruins d-man Dougie Hamilton) and Justin Braun of the San Jose Sharks.
BRUINS HOT ON THE DOT: Despite the lack of offensive pressure by the Bruins in the first period, the Black & Gold were strong on the faceoff circle winning 69% of the draws. Leading the way was David Krejci, who was a perfect four-for-four, and Patrice Bergeron who was three-for-three. In total the Bruins won nine of 13 faceoffs in the first frame of play.
IGINLA TO THE BOX: Jarome Iginla was sent to the box 41 seconds into the matchup for roughing, putting the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time tonight. Coming into the matchup, the Bruins PK ranked 4th in the NHL while San Jose's power play ranked 7th. B's netminder Tuukka Rask came up with with a few acrobatic saves on right the doorstep as the Sharks applied ample pressure during their man-advantage, but ultimately the Bruins were able to kill off the penalty to Iginla unscathed.
6:30 pm - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. SJS
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (5-2-0, 1.29 GAA, .954 Save %) vs. Niemi (8-0-1, 1.64 GAA, .930 Save %). Tonight will be Rask’s first career start against San Jose. Niemi is 5-0-0 with a 1.77 GAA and .932 save % with one shutout in five career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS SAN JOSE LIFETIME: The B’s and Sharks will meet for the 29th time tonight with the Bruins holding a 14-9-5-0 record and a 88-78 scoring edge. The Black & Gold are 7-4-3-0 in their 14 lifetime meetings against the Sharks in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 45-43 in those contests. The Bruins have lost their last three games to the Sharks, with their last win coming in a 2-1 shootout win in San Jose on January 14, 2010.
MOMENT OF SILENCE: Prior to tonight’s game, the Boston Bruins will hold a moment of silence for Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer who passed away earlier this week.
HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER NIGHT: The B's will host Hockey Fights Cancer Night during tonight's game and will support the cause in numerous ways. Pediatric cancer patients currently undergoing treatment at Boston's local hospitals will partake in a variety of activities, including Zamboni rides, a chance to watch warm-ups from the B’s bench, and an opportunity to greet the team. Patrice Bergeron will also be hosting patients as part of "Patrice's Pals," which is his ongoing charitable initiative where he invites children from local hospitals to enjoy a game from his luxury suite. Bruins coaches and management, as well as NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub broadcasters, will all be wearing lavender Hockey Fights Cancer apparel. Bruins players will be using lavender stick tape during tonight’s game and will have Hockey Fights Cancer helmet decals throughout October. B's employees will also be wearing lavender ribbons throughout the course of the game.
ERIKSSON UPDATE: Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following update today, October 24, regarding Loui Eriksson: "Loui traveled back to Boston from Buffalo by plane today (October 24) with a member of the Bruins medical staff. After an examination by team doctors in Boston, he has been diagnosed with a concussion and will be out indefinitely. The team will provide a further update on Loui's status when appropriate."
ERIKSSON’S GAMES PLAYED STREAK SNAPPED: Loui Eriksson will not play in tonight’s game, snapping a 148 consecutive games played streak with his last game missed on March 19, 2011. Eriksson has missed just three of a possible 436 games over the past 5+ seasons. Entering tonight, Gregory Campbell has the longest current consecutive regular season games played streak at 59.
STREAKING: Forwards David Krejci and Reilly Smith enter tonight’s matchup both riding five-game point streaks, with Krejci notching 1-5=6 totals and Smith registering 1-4=5 totals during that span. Forwards Milan Lucic (2-2=4), Jarome Iginla (0-3=3), Carl Soderberg (0-3=3) and Brad Marchand (0-2=2) are also currently riding point streaks, accruing at least one point in their last two games.
169 AND COUNTING: Following last Monday’s home game against the Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have sold out 169 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
SHARKS NOTEBOOK: The Sharks enter this evening leading the league in goals scored (39) and goal differential (+23)…Tonight’s game against the Bruins is game two of a season long five-game road swing for the Sharks, which will have them visit Detroit (10/21), Boston (10/24), Montreal (10/26), Ottawa (10/27) and Los Angeles (10/30)…Forward Patrick Marleau and rookie Tomas Hertl comes into tonight tied for second in the NHL in goals with seven apiece. Marleau also ranks tied for fourth in league in point production with 11 (7-4)… Joe Thornton enters tonight tied for first in the NHL in assists with 10… Justin Braun and Marc-Edouard Vlasic sit at the top the NHL plus/minus ranks with a plus-10 rating.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 4-for-30 (13.3%, T-23rd NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 20-for-23 (87.0%, 4th NHL)… San Jose power play: 11-for-47 (23.4%, 7th NHL), San Jose penalty kill: 25-for-29 (86.2%, 6th NHL).