Antti Niemi, Sharks blank Bruins, 2-0
|02.05.11 at 3:21 pm ET|
One goal proved to be all the Sharks needed to defeat the Bruins Saturday, as a Logan Couture power play strike in the first period provided enough in a 2-0 San Jose victory. Devin Setoguchi had an empty netter in the final seconds.
Antti Niemi made 26 saves for the Sharks in handing the Bruins their fifth shutout this season.
Zach Hamill, making his season debut, logged 9:34 of ice time and had zero shots on goal. Zdeno Chara led the B’s in shots on goal, putting four pucks on Niemi.
The Bruins will return to action on Wednesday when they host the Canadiens at TD Garden.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Following Saturday’s 0-for-4 performance on the man advantage, the Bruins have now gone five games without a power-play goal. They’re 0-for-12 during that stretch and just one for their last 19.
The B’s had a couple chances on their two power plays in the first, including a Milan Lucic rebound bid that went wide and a Steven Kampfer one-timer that Niemi got his blocker on, but they failed to sustain any sort of consistent pressure. They barely even got set up on their one man-up chance in the second. Boston’s biggest chance on the power play came midway through the third when Joe Thornton went off for a trip, but the B’s once again struggled to get organized and mustered just one shot on goal.
– The biggest thing the B’s proved in beating the Stars on Thursday was that they could beat a Western Conference team at home. With Saturday’s loss, they saw their already bad record in such games fall to 1-3-2 on the season.
– Just as the Bruins have struggled against Western teams at home, they have also been sub-par when hosting matinees at the Garden. Saturday’s loss makes them 1-3-0 on the season in day games in Boston.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– The Bruins allowed just five shots in the first period and six in the second. For the game, they allowed a season-low 18. That’s pretty impressive when considering that the Sharks entered Saturday leading the league with 34.1 shots on goal per game.
The B’s previous low in shots allowed was 20, back on Oct. 28 against the Maple Leafs.
– Adam McQuaid drew penalties for the Bruins. The 24-year-old blueliner first drew a roughing minor on Ben Eager before the two fought in the first period. He later drew a timely trip on Joe Thornton as he brought the puck into the offensive zone at 10:10 of the third.
Scott McLaughlin and Mike Petraglia contributed to this report.