San Jose Sharks Quiet The Boston Bruins
They did it. After three disappointing losses the Sharks managed to rise to the occasion once again and beat the tough opponent. Let me say this – the Boston Bruins are a very good hockey club, it was great to be able to finally see them play. I don’t think they’re very happy to have seen the Sharks though.
The game was very reminiscent of the Winter Classic. You had the young but talented Chicago Blackhawks against the veteran, perennial contender Detroit Red Wings. That game started out as an equal match up but as the game wore on the Red Wings maturity began to show as they took and kept control of the game, which they eventually won. We saw pretty much the same thing as the Sharks controlled the second and third periods of the game. Some of the things we Sharks fans have been looking for are coming to fruition – stepping up for the big game, taking over games, responding when down and, the most important one of all, not letting up when leading.
Most reassuring was who stepped up to help win that game. As Sharks247 pointed out, the Sharks top line seemed to have been in a slump lately but when it counted, Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Devin Setoguchi came through with 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists).
The Sharks penalty kill was perfect, killing off Bruins’ power plays that all seemed to occur at game changing times. Evgeni Nabokov quietly put together a fantastic game and the Sharks dominated the face off circle winning 69% of the draws. This was the Bruins first regulation loss when leading after 40 minutes.
Looking at the bigger picture the Red Wings are still right there behind the Sharks and the Sharks are still facing a grueling month of road trips. Tomorrow night against the Pittsburgh Penguins is the trap game – I’m sure PittPen will have something to say about the game tomorrow night!