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Donskoi's third-period goal lifts Sharks past Bruins

Reimer's last-second save preserves win, knocks Bruins out of first

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

Reimer's last-second save

BOS@SJS: Reimer denies Krug in the final seconds

3/15/16: James Reimer makes a nice glove save on Torey Krug's wrist shot from the slot in the closing seconds of the 3rd period

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SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks appear to have recaptured their home-ice advantage, just in time for the NHL's stretch run.

Joonas Donskoi scored the go-ahead power-play goal at 6:37 of the third period, and the Sharks held on for a 3-2 victory against the Boston Bruins at SAP Center on Tuesday. San Jose defeated Boston three days after earning a 5-2 victory against the League-leading Washington Capitals.

"These are good tests for us," Sharks center Joe Thornton said. "Saturday night, they're one of the best in the East, and these guys are one of the best in the East. It's a good measuring stick for us, and we like the way we're playing. We like our home game again too. Everything's starting to come together nicely."

The Sharks are 9-3-3 in their past 15 games at SAP Center after starting the season 5-12-0 at home.

Donskoi scored on San Jose's third of four power plays. With Boston's Jimmy Hayes in the penalty box for a hit to the head of San Jose's Justin Braun, Sharks defenseman Brent Burns zipped a cross-ice pass to Joel Ward, who sent the puck from the left circle toward the net. Donskoi redirected it past Tuukka Rask for his 11th goal of the season.

"I just went to the net and put my stick on the ice," Donskoi said.

Video: BOS@SJS: Burns slides pass that ricochets past Rask

Sharks goaltender James Reimer, who started his third game since being traded to San Jose from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 27, made 21 saves on his 28th birthday. The best one came in the final second, when he made a glove save on defenseman Torey Krug's wide-open shot from the left circle.

"You're just trying to get something on the puck," Reimer said of his last-second heroics. "I thought we battled hard, played a really good game. The power play came through in the third and we held on. I thought we limited a lot of their chances. I just tried to be there on the very few times they got through."

David Krejci and Loui Eriksson scored in the first period for Boston (39-23-8), and Rask made 24 saves.

"It was frustrating," Eriksson said. "We had some really good scoring chances to tie the game back up. They made some big saves."

Melker Karlsson scored in the first period and Burns in the second for San Jose (39-24-6). The Sharks remained five points behind the first-place Los Angeles Kings and moved within one point of the second-place Anaheim Ducks in the Pacific Division.

Burns scored his 26th goal, tying Sandis Ozolinsh for the franchise's single-season mark for defensemen, set in the 1993-94 season. He also had an assist on Donskoi's goal, giving him 64 points and tying Ozolinsh's single-season Sharks record for defensemen.

"He has to be up for the Norris [Trophy]," Thornton said of Burns. "The guy's unbelievable. He plays in all situations. When he's out there you feel like something can happen every shift. What a year he's having. Right now he's playing great hockey."

Video: BOS@SJS: Eriksson beats Reimer shorthanded

The Bruins fell out of first place in the Atlantic Division; they are one point behind Florida Panthers, who defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 earlier Tuesday. It was the opener of a four-game road trip for Boston, which began a stretch in which it plays eight of nine games away from TD Garden.

"We have a bitter feeling right now because we don't like to lose," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We had a couple of breakdowns here and there. We had a chance to tie it there late, with that breakaway. [Krug] had a great scoring chance there in the slot. We had a few high quality chances.

"We want some points out of this road trip. We have to clean up a couple of things and we'll be okay. We had a 2-1 lead and then they came back. They had four power plays. We just had a single power play there. We struggled to get those. We know what our power play can do."

The Sharks struck first, taking a 1-0 lead at 8:44 of the opening period on Karlsson's ninth goal of the season. Donskoi took a pass below the goal line from Logan Couture and fed Karlsson, who was skating hard down the slot. Karlsson took the pass and beat Rask with a wrist shot from close range.

Boston tied the game 1-1 when Krejci scored his 15th goal of the season at 11:26, knocking a rebound past Reimer after the goaltender stopped David Pastrnak's shot from the point.

The Bruins moved ahead 2-1 at 17:46 on Eriksson's shorthanded goal. Eriksson scored his 27th of the season by beating Reimer with a wrist shot on a breakaway after a giveaway by Burns. Krejci got the only assist.

Boston had three shots to none for San Jose on the Sharks' first power play.

Video: BOS@SJS: Donskoi deflects it past Rask for PPG

San Jose made it 2-2 at 11:46 of the second period when Burns sent the puck toward the slot and it deflected off the stick of Bruins center Ryan Spooner and went past Rask. Tomas Hertl and Joe Thornton got the assists. Burns said he was trying to pass the puck to Thornton, left of the crease, when Spooner's stick got in the way.

"I thought he was going backdoor," Burns said of Thornton. "I'll take them. In a week it will be I went off the bar and in."

The Sharks outshot Boston 11-7 in the second period, not counting shots by Patrick Marleau and Couture that hit posts. The Sharks had only four shots in the third period to six for Boston, but Donskoi made his count, scoring the first game-winner of his NHL career.

"We're just trying to keep pace in the division," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "Everyone else keeps winning, so we've got to keep winning. I like our game, I've liked our game for a while. I think we're comfortable in these tight-checking, close games. Guys are playing with confidence and our goaltending has been great. We've just got to continue to keep that ball rolling."

Especially at home, where the Sharks will play nine of their final 13 games.

The Sharks activated forward Tommy Wingels from injured reserve and recalled defenseman Dylan DeMelo from the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. Each was a healthy scratch.

Video: Sharks edge Bruins, 3-2

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