David Krejci leads Bruins to last-second win over Sharks
|10.24.13 at 9:34 pm ET|
David Krejci tipped an Adam McQuaid shot past Antti Niemi with eight-tenths of a second left in regulation to give the Bruins a 2-1 win over the Sharks Thursday night. Also scoring for the Bruins was Jarome Iginla, who registered his first goal as a Bruin.
The Bruins mustered only three shots on Niemi in the first period and were lucky to get out of the period scoreless given how much San Jose carried the play early on. The B’s remained quiet throughout the majority of the second period before Iginla buried the rebound of a Dennis Seidenberg point shot past Niemi.
The lead wouldn’t last long, as Patrick Marleau took a rebound from a Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot and fired it past Tuukka Rask in the opening minute of the first period, wiping out Rask’s shutout bid and tying the game at one goal apiece.
The Bruins played the game without Loui Eriksson, who is out indefinitely with a concussion suffered in Wednesday’s game. With Eriksson out, Brad Marchand took his place as the right wing on Patrice Bergeron‘s line, while Jordan Caron re-entered the lineup and played on the third line with Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg.
The Bruins will next play Saturday, when they host the Devils.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Rask was sensational on the night, keeping the game scoreless in the first, blanking the Sharks in the second and making a big save on a slap shot from Sharks star rookie Tomas Hertl shortly after Marleau’s goal.
– Another night, another stellar showing at the faceoff dot from Bergeron. The reigning Selke runner-up won 13 of his 15 draws Thursday night.
– The Bruins finally picked things up late in the second period, with a Marchand-Bergeron 2-on-1 providing the first true test of Niemi. Bergeron’s shot was stopped by Niemi, but perhaps it finally got the B’s going, as Seidenberg and Iginla generated a goal not long after.
– Krejci’s line was awfully quiet in the first period (zero shots on goal) after a strong showing Wednesday against the Sabres, but with Iginla’s goa,l Krejci picked up his seventh point of what’s been a six-game point streak for him. Krejci, who tipped Seidenberg’s shot, now has 10 points to lead the Bruins.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– To say the Bruins were dominated in the first period would be an understatement. The Sharks could have easily had six goals in the period, one in which they outshot the B’s, 16-3. The Bruins had no scoring chances in the first, with a Bergeron shot from the high slot on a loose puck really the extent of the B’s offense, while San Jose had numerous scrambles in front, only to have Bruins bodies or Rask get in the way.
– For a team that’s had a relatively good start record-wise, the Bruins have had quite a few games this season where defensive issues have been apparent. Add Thursday’s game to the list, which already includes last Monday’s loss to the Red Wings and last Thursday’s win over the Panthers.