The Boston Bruins, fresh off their bye week, traveled to San Jose on Sunday night to take on the Sharks. Boston looked to continue their 3 game winning streak under Bruce Cassidy. After three periods the tied game went into overtime. Boston managed to escape the Shark Tank with a big win after a breakaway goal from Brad Marchand in overtime.

FIRST PERIOD

The Bruins came out firing on Martin Jones early, getting shots on him, while playing aggressive, intense hockey. The first ten minutes were back and forth between these two teams. At the 11:05 mark in the first period, Jimmy Hayes received the puck in front of the goal from Adam McQuaid. He turned, shot, and missed but Ryan Spooner  buried the rebound for his ninth goal of the year. Jimmy Hayes also got his 100th career point with his assist. Two minutes later at the 13:13 mark, Zdeno Chara was booked for a cross check on Nikolay Goldobin. San Jose went on the power play but couldn’t much out of it, and Boston killed it off.

In the last seven minutes, Boston created more chances, with Tuukka Rask and Martin Jones making great saves when called upon.  Boston outplayed San Jose in the first period but got only one past Martin Jones. After one period, Boston led 1-0, SOG 9-7 in favor of Boston.

Second Period

Both teams came out firing early. There was a little more energy from San Jose early in this period than in the first.  At the 10:13 mark, Brent Burns was called for interference on Peter Cehlarik. Boston went on the power play but couldn’t create anything offensively. San Jose was able to kill of the penalty.

Both teams created multiple chances during the rest of the period with each goalie making save after save. At the 17:05 mark Riley Nash and Brenden Dillon went to the box for roughing. Thirty-two seconds later at the 17:37 mark Patrick Marleau beat Tuukka Rask to tie the game 1-1, assisted by Brent Burns and David Schelmko. A tough break for Rask as the puck was deflected right to Marleau and he put it into a wide open net, his 21st goal of the year.

A few more opportunities arose for each teams but nothing got past either goalie. At the end of the second period, tie game at 1-1 with  SOG 16-9 in favor of San Jose.

Third Period

More of the same during this period. Each team had multiple chances to take the lead and each goalie made multiple saves.  The third was a very clean period with neither team assessed a penalty. Chance after chance throughout, but Rask and Jones stood tall all period. With a scoreless third period, to overtime these teams go.  SOG during the third 6-5 in favor of San Jose

Overtime

With three on three to start the overtime, Boston created multiple opportunities early and often. Martin Jones was a brick wall in goal all night including the overtime period. San Jose created one chance in overtime, but Tuukka stopped a hard shot by Brent Burns. At the 2:36 mark in OT, Brad Marchand received a long pass from Torey Krug off the face off and to beat Martin Jones through the five hole to win it. Marchand’s 25th goal of the year.

After OT, Boston wins 2-1. SOG during OT 5-1 in favor of Boston.

Three Stars

  1. Tuukka Rask (Boston)
  2. Brad Marchand (Boston)
  3. Brent Burns (San Jose)

After a long hard fought game by each team, the Bruins got the win in San Jose.

Boston is now 4-0-0 under Bruce Cassidy. They look like a completely different team right now and are in a solid spot in the playoff picture, a great way to start a four game road trip after the bye week.  Boston now returns to third place in the Atlantic Division and 7th in the East.

Boston has a few days to rest as they take on the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday, February 22nd.