Boston Bruins 4, San Jose Sharks 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Where: TD Garden, Boston
Recap for Digital Sports Desk by Field Level Media
BOSTON – Brad Marchand recorded his franchise-record-tying 25th short-handed goal and added two assists as the host Boston Bruins extended their point streak to 14 games (10-0-4) with a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
David Krejci collected a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who defeated San Jose for the sixth straight time and moved three points ahead of third-place Toronto in the Atlantic Division.
Boston’s Charlie McAvoy and Jake DeBrusk scored 37 seconds apart in the second period, and Jaroslav Halak finished with 19 saves to improve to 4-0-2 in his past six starts.
San Jose defenseman Erik Karlsson exited the contest early in the second period after appearing to aggravate a groin injury that had sidelined him for the Sharks’ 5-3 win over Detroit on Sunday. The two-time Norris Trophy recipient returned to the ice midway into the period, but Marchand breezed by him before backhanding the puck past Martin Jones (28 saves) at 12:28 to tie Rick Middleton for the most short-handed goals in franchise history.
That tally, which capped Marchand’s 34th career three-point game and gave Boston a 4-1 lead, concluded the team’s three-goal flurry in a 3:19 stretch of the second period.
McAvoy, who scored the overtime winner in a 6-5 victory over San Jose on Feb. 18, began the quick onslaught by skating through the slot and wristing a shot past Jones to give the Bruins a 2-1 advantage at 9:09.
DeBrusk forced a turnover by Sharks captain Joe Pavelski before depositing Krejci’s goal-mouth pass into the net just 37 seconds later for his 20th goal of the season and sixth in seven games.
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara’s backhanded pass from behind Boston’s net caromed off Logan Couture and inside the near post to open the scoring for San Jose with 7:13 remaining in the first period.
Boston made good on its first power-play opportunity nearly two minutes later, as Krejci’s one-timer off defenseman Torey Krug’s one-touch pass sailed between Jones’ pads.
–Field Level Media