This was the first stop of three in California on the four game road trip and the Bruins are still undefeated under new coach Bruce Cassidy. Bruins needed extra time to do so and got their first win in California in nine games.
The Bruins got their goals from Ryan Spooner and Brad Marchand and 29 saves from Tuukka Rask in the win. Teams usually struggle coming out of the bye, but the Bruins were able to become the fourth team to get a victory. Teams are now 4-12-4 in the first game back from a bye.
The Bruins were able to strike first in the first period and jump out to an early lead at 11:05 mark of the first period. Forward Jimmy Hayes shot caromed of the end boards and came right to Spooner. Spooner was able to find a small crease behind Martin Jones and tuck it in for the early one goal lead. With the assist on
the play, Hayes collected his 100th NHL point.
The Sharks were able to tie the game late in the second period during four on four play.. The game was mostly clean and penalty free, but Riley Nash and Brenden Dillon were each assessed two minute roughing penalties. The four on four helped out San Jose more than the Bruins because of highly skilled defensemen Brent Burns.
Burns was all over the ice during the four on four play and the Sharks finally caught a break. Burns was looking to get a shot toward goal, but it was blocked by Torey Krug. The blocked shot by Krug landed right on the stick of Patrick Marleau on the left circle, who had an open cage. Marleau deposited it into the net for his 502nd career NHL goal to tie the game at one aside.
After a back and forth third period, the game needed extra time for it to be settled. The Bruins top guns were able to come through as Marchand was able to score his team leading 25th goal of the season. The Bruins had a great faceoff play called as Patrice Bergeron was able to win it from Joe Thornton. The puck went right to Krug, who flipped it down the ice for Marchand to skate in alone on a breakaway. Marchand was able to slip it between the legs of Jones to win the game. With the assist on the play, Bergeron collected his 400th career NHL point.
The Bruins remain red hot under Cassidy and will look to win their fifth straight game Wednesday night as they stay in California. The Bruins have not won five straight games since November of 2015. Bruins will also look to beat the Ducks in Anaheim, which is something they have not done the past two seasons. Puck drop is at 10:30PM.