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Bruins’ comeback falls short vs. Sharks

03.23.12 at 12:50 am ET
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The Bruins couldn’t keep up with the Sharks, falling in San Jose by a 2-1 score Thursday.

A Milan Lucic giveaway in the first period led to Joe Pavelski’s 27th goal of the season just 3:57 into the game, and the Sharks added to their lead with a Daniel Winnik goal early in the third period. Zdeno Chara broke up Antti Niemi’s shutout bid with 4:15 remaining in regulation, but the B’s were unable to get the equalizer.

The loss keeps Boston at 87 points on the season. With 73 games played, they remain three points ahead of the Senators with one game in hand.

The B’s will remain out west, as they will face the Kings on Saturday and the Ducks on Saturday.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

- The Bruins came out sluggish, which could be a product of the fact that they flew across the country and were dealing with a time change. Still, the B’s travelled to California Wednesday, so there isn’t too much of an excuse for not having their legs in the first period.

- The other wing changed over the course of the game, but David Krejci and Milan Lucic were both on the ice for both of San Jose’s goals, and both now have a minus-4 rating over their last five games. When Claude Julien recently put Jordan Caron on that top line (Tyler Seguin eventually was moved up to the line in the third period), he probably did so with the idea that it would be a more balanced, defensively responsible line. They aren’t just there yet.

- Speaking of top lines, the members of the Krejci and Patrice Bergeron lines had two and one shots on goal, respectively, for the first 50 minutes of the game. Lucic and Caron each had one shot on goal, while Brad Marchand was the only member of Bergeron’s line to get a shot on Antti Niemi.

- The B’s allowed a season-low 13 shots against the Maple Leafs on Monday, but on Thursday they posted a season-low 17 shots on goal.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

- Thomas kept the Bruins in the game for the first two periods, making a particularly impressive save on Martin Havlat after Logan Couture fed the veteran winger. Thomas would probably like to have Winnik’s goal back, but the soon-to-be 38-year-old was sharper than his teammates for the vast majority of the night. Even though it comes in a loss, the Bruins have to take Thomas’ improved play of late as a very encouraging sign.

- While the first two lines didn’t exactly show up for the B’s, their third line of Chris Kelly between Benoit Pouliot and Brian Rolston brought their game. Rolston had three shots on goal, and a strong drive from the line led to Boston’s only goal, as Chara jumped up in the play and banked a shot off Niemi and in.

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