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Marchand, Pastrnak can each extend point streak for Boston; top three active members of NHL games played list in action

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

SHARKS (4-7-1) at BRUINS (8-1-2)



The Game 

Brad Marchand will look to extend his point streak to 11 games and David Pastrnak will try to extend his to 10 games when the Boston Bruins play the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden on Tuesday.

Marchand has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) and Pastrnak has 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in the forwards' respective streaks for the Bruins, who seek their fourth straight victory.

The Sharks, 1-3-1 in their past five games, will try to avoid their third consecutive loss.

The game will feature the top three active members of the NHL all-time games played list. San Jose forwards Patrick Marleau (1,665 games, 40 years old) and Joe Thornton (1,578, 40) and Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (1,496, 42) will play in the first NHL game with three players at least 40 years old since March 4, 2014 (New Jersey Devils' Jaromir Jagr, 42, and Martin Brodeur, 41; Detroit Red Wings' Daniel Alfredsson, 41).


Players to watch

Sharks forward Tomas Hertl has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past seven games.

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past 10 games.


They said it

"You've got to stick together, stick to the way we play. If everyone's pulling in the same direction, then that's how we can get success and that's how we've had success so far this year." -- Sharks center Logan Couture

"It was pointed out after the game that our culture around here is keep the puck out of the net from the first minute to the last. We got away from that a bit. But … I don't want to beat the guys up after having, I thought, five really solid periods [during the weekend], and even the third [Sunday], we scored first early on." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on allowing three goals in the third period of a 7-4 win at the New York Rangers on Sunday


Sharks projected lineup

Patrick Marleau -- Logan Couture -- Kevin Labanc

Evander Kane -- Tomas Hertl -- Lukas Radil

Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Timo Meier

Barclay Goodrow -- Dylan Gambrell -- Melker Karlsson

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Erik Karlsson

Mario Ferraro -- Tim Heed

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Jonny Brodzinski, Trevor Carrick, Noah Gregor

Injured: Radim Simek (leg), Dalton Prout (undisclosed)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Danton Heinen

Anders Bjork -- Charlie Coyle - Brett Ritchie

Chris Wagner -- Sean Kuraly -- David Backes

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Connor Clifton

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Steven Kampfer

Injured: Par Lindholm (upper body), Joakim Nordstrom (elbow infection), Kevan Miller (knee), John Moore (shoulder), Anton Blidh (shoulder), Karson Kuhlman (fractured tibia)


Status report

Radil replaces Gregor. … Krejci returns after missing five games because of an upper-body injury and will replace Lindholm.


Stat pack

Labanc has four points (three goals, one assist) during a four-game point streak. … Rask is 5-0-1 with a 1.48 goals-against average, .952 save percentage and two shutouts in six starts this season. … Bergeron needs two assists for 500 in the NHL.

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