NHL Game Summary - Boston at San Jose|
(Saturday, October 13th)
Final Score: Boston 2, San Jose 1
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Aaron Ward scored with 11.8 seconds left,
nearly 27 seconds after Milan Michalek tied the game for San Jose, as Boston
earned a 2-1 win over the Sharks in a thrilling finish at HP Pavilion.
Tim Thomas made 26 saves and was fortunate to have the Sharks hit the post
five times. Patrice Bergeron had the other Boston goal and Marco Sturm tallied
two assists for the Bruins, winners of two straight.
"It felt great to get that win there at the end," Thomas said. "I thought for
sure we were going to finish it off at one to nothing, but they finally got
one. It is early in the year for this team, and that is a good sign on how we
are going to respond. That is a great feeling. Guys stepped up."
Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves for the Sharks, who dropped their home opener
after starting the season with a pair of wins and two losses on the road.
"You get all fired up for the home opener, and the way everything went we
came out flat in the first period," Nabokov said. "After that we hit the post
The Bruins were outshot 13-0 in the second period, but they still carried a
1-0 lead going into the third.
Mike Grier hit the right post with just under seven minutes left for the
Sharks, and Thomas came up with a glove save, all while the goal horn
Michalek was shaken up in the scramble and was forced to the locker room with
6:24 left, but came back moments later. He finally cashed in on his third goal
of the season when Joe Thornton controlled the puck behind the net before
sending a pass to Michalek in the low slot for the goal with 38.1 seconds
The Bruins though came right back. Marc-Edouard Vlasic failed to clear the
puck from the San Jose zone as the disc hit a linesman before bouncing to
Bergeron, who then fed Sturm. Another pass from below the right circle to the
top of the same circle resulted in Ward's blistering shot past Nabokov.
"It is a sign of a good team, we believe in this locker room that we are a
good team," Ward said. "This is a good sign for this group of players to step
up and come out on the right end."
Bergeron's goal, at 16:23 of the opening period, came off a scramble in front.
The game was delayed at the start by 30 minutes a power outage. The lights
came back on quickly but the PA and scoreboards came back slowly. Without a PA
system, the game did not have the National Anthem before the start. The sound
system did not come back online until midway through the first period...The
Sharks have just five wins in 23 all-time meetings against the Bruins.
10/14 02:40:48 ET