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Pastrnak, Marchand extend point streaks in Bruins win against Sharks

Boston scores two power-play goals in fourth straight victory; San Jose loses third in row

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Pastrnak wires home PPG

SJS@BOS: Pastrnak nets massive one-timer for PPG

David Pastrnak lines up Patrice Bergeron's feed at the circle and hammers it into the back of the net for a power-play goal and a 1-0 lead

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BOSTON -- David Pastrnak extended his point streak to 10 games with his NHL-leading 12th goal, and Brad Marchand extended his point streak to 11 games in the Boston Bruins' 5-1 win against the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden on Tuesday.

Pastrnak has 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) over the 10 games; Marchand, who had an assist, has 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) during his streak.

Chris Wagner and David Krejci each had a goal and an assist for Boston (9-1-2), which has won four in a row and extended its point streak to eight games (6-0-2). Tuukka Rask made 16 saves.

 

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"We're getting there," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "I think this past four, five, six games, we've progressively tightened up, played more our style where teams [have] got to earn their way out there. I thought at the start of the year, we were a little bit too loose, even though our goals-against was down. I thought that was probably a product of our goaltenders, and then playing the right way once we got the lead. But I see us more start to finish now playing that way.

"Listen, nobody's going to be at 60 minutes every night at this time of the year. You're still figuring out your team, guys are still getting going. But we're getting closer, so I like where we're at. We've played good teams; I don't care what San Jose's record [is]. To me, they're a good hockey team. They've proven that over the years. They've got good players, good coaching. They're a strong team, and we wanted to be equal to the task. I thought it was a good measuring-stick game in that sense from a team from the West."

Brent Burns scored, and Martin Jones made 36 saves for San Jose (4-8-1), which has lost three straight and finished its five-game road trip 1-3-1.

"We're upset individually how we're playing, we're upset as a team," Sharks captain Logan Couture said. "You know, at times you could say it was almost embarrassing out there. They were taking it to us for a lot of that game. You know it hurts your pride and as a NHL player; you're a proud person, you're a proud athlete to play in this league. And games like that hurt, but it's how you respond, and we need to respond … it's been too long now."

Pastrnak extended his point streak when he scored a power-play goal on a one-timer from the left face-off circle at 7:49 of the first period to give Boston a 1-0 lead.

Video: SJS@BOS: Krejci unloads slap shot for power-play goal

Krejci, who returned after missing five games because of an upper-body injury, made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 17:51. It was his first goal of the season.

Marchand extended his point streak with an assist.

Burns scored a power-play goal at 1:31 of the second period when he took a pass from Erik Karlsson and snapped a shot from outside the left circle to make it 2-1.

The Bruins restored the two-goal lead when Krejci set up Charlie Coyle at 5:21 to make it 3-1. Krejci made a slap pass from the left face-off dot to Coyle on a backdoor drive to the net.

"I was just trying to find the open seam, and we kind of made eye contact; I don't know if it went over a stick or under, but he put it right there," Coyle said. "I just lean on my stick, and it goes in. That's the type of passes he can make, so you've got to be ready for them."

Video: SJS@BOS: Coyle redirects in Krejci's stellar pass

Wagner scored on a breakaway at 8:31 to give the Bruins a 4-1 lead, and Brandon Carlo scored at 16:50 of the second period for the 5-1 final.

Boston outshot San Jose 16-6 in the first period and 18-6 in the second.

 

They said it 

"Yeah, it's huge to get home and it's no secret, we've got to turn it around and we've got to start getting some streaks going and pile them together. I think that's pretty obvious. You know what? We've got to balance being safe but creating, not creating mistakes but being confident with the puck and helping the next guy with the puck and putting him in a good spot. That's what happens when it's so close and so tight that mental side starts to just drip down a little bit. It's tough." -- Sharks defenseman Brent Burns 

"We're feeling good as a team. We reset after each game and come into the next game with the same mentality that we've had for these four that we've won in a row. So we're just continuing to keep a positive attitude in here, play for each other and most of all, just have fun." -- Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo 

 

Need to know

Sharks forwards Joe Thornton (40 years old) and Patrick Marleau (40), and Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (42) played 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). … Burns extended his point streak to four games (one goal, four assists). … Pastrnak is the third Bruins player to score at least 12 goals in October (Phil Esposito, 14 in 1973; Charlie Simmer, 12 in 1985). … The Bruins have won their past seven games against the Sharks.

 

What's next

Sharks: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Friday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Bruins: Host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN360, TVAS2, NESN, NHL.TV)

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