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San Jose Sharks Quiet The Boston Bruins

sharksfanThey 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!

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4 comments for “San Jose Sharks Quiet The Boston Bruins”

  1. Haha. I have nothing to say about the game yet, but it will most certainly be a good test for the Penguins who need to win the tough games if they even want a chance at a playoff spot. I look forward to hopefully watching a great game.

    Go Pens!

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | February 11, 2009, 6:39 am
  2. I noticed the face-offs the most in the game, whenever Boston needed to win the draw in the offensive zone, or even get a draw, San Jose won it cleanly. The team definitely benefits from having big, skilled centers.

    I thought Boston did a good job in the first 30 minutes or so of really forechecking and pressing the San Jose defenders but when the Sharks really pushed back in the second half of the game, Boston didn’t respond.

    I’d say the playoffs look good for the Sharks who are doing a good job of elevating their play for “big” games.

    Posted by CapsfanNo Gravatar | February 11, 2009, 10:38 am
  3. I wasn’t able to see the game, but watching the highlights on NHL On The Fly last night was exciting!! I figure when the highlights are that exciting, the game must have been pretty good! I’m not sure how I feel about the Sharks winning - great since they are a West Coast team, but……. Is there a tonic or something the Ducks can take that will help us for the ‘big games?’ ;)

    Posted by DuxRoxNo Gravatar | February 11, 2009, 11:20 am
  4. My personal favorite about last nights game was when Versus kept showing the stat about how the Bruins were undefeated when leading after 2 periods - perfect kiss of death!

    Also enjoyed this article about the game - “B’s still have much to learn”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=3898296&name=lebrun_pierre

    “A lot of teams pretend to roll four lines. The Sharks actually do it and get results. Grier’s checking line with Jonathan Cheechoo and Tomas Plihal might have been San Jose’s best on this night, hammering away at Chara and the Bruins’ other defensemen all night long. That softened them for Marleau, Thornton & Co.”

    Posted by Son of OTNo Gravatar | February 11, 2009, 11:33 am

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