March 22, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Sharks

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 0
SJS - 1

SHOTS
BOS - 9
SJS - 20

In essentially an instant replay of the first period (shy of a Sharks goal, of course), the B's got outshot 12-4 in the middle frame and mounted damn near nothing against the Sharks.

San Jose stifled Boston's offense once again, which continued to shoot itself in the foot.

The Bruins' best bid came on a tipped shot that Milan Lucic caught iron with. Lucic has a game-high three giveaways through forty minutes.

Boston had a power-play opportunity when UMass alum Justin Braun went to the box. Clearly, they didn't capitalize.

David Krejci seems to be the skater with the most hop, but the B's shining star so far has been Thomas, who sprung from left to right and absolutely robbed Marty Havlat early in the second period.

The Bruins have a 22-9 edge in hits, which is a pretty surprising sum given their status as the visitors in this one. Of course, the fact that the Sharks have had the puck for 90 percent of the game may have something to do with it.

Antti Niemi is the Sharks goalie, just so you know. Figured you might not have heard his name yet this evening.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 0
SJS - 1

SHOTS
BOS - 5
SJS - 8

Twenty minutes are in the books at HP Pavilion where the Bruins trail the Sharks by a score of 1-0.

Boston was far from sharp throughout most of the opening stanza, notably on San Jose's first goal.

Milan Lucic tried to send a puck up the middle but gave it away to Joe Thornton. After Tim Thomas made a number of impressive stops, Joe Pavelski banged a loose puck in to make it 1-0.

San Jose continued to carry the play until Boston finally got a little something going in the offensive zone thanks to David Krejci's line.

Later, Tyler Seguin narrowly missed tipping a shot through traffic from Zdeno Chara.

In the closing minutes, Jordan Caron had Milan Lucic breaking down the middle, wide open, but his sloppy past missed the mark.

It's a good thing the Canucks came out of the Western Conference last spring and not the Sharks. The B's just never look right against San Jose.

Boston left home a day early to adjust to the time-zone change, but you'd never have guessed it, as the B's looked way too sluggish against a team they knew would be hungry.