RECAP: Bruins Blow Lead Once Again, Fall to Sharks 5-4

Bruins blow early first period lead, fall to San Jose 5-4.

By: Mike Grinnell

The Boston Bruins fell to Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks Tuesday Night at the TD Garden, by a score of 5-4. The Bruins have now lost five of their last seven games and are 2-6-1 at home.

Claude Julien expressed his frustration with his team after Tuesday night’s loss.

“I’m gonna be honest. I was excited about the potential and I think there’s reason to be excited about the potential because we’ve seen it. But disappointed in the fact that you never know what you’re gonna get from either period to period or game to game.” Julien said after Tuesday night’s loss. “That’s the disappointing part right now. There’s potential here and if everybody really takes charge of their own jobs, and then show up every night and are willing to play whatever game is out there – there’s some teams that like the speed game, there’s some teams that like the game. We’ve got to be willing to be able to play and adjust to all those kinds of games, but more or less master ours so that it works against any team. Ours is proven in the past to work against any team. But right now I don’t think we’ve got the focus or commitment of the whole group. I’m not saying anything that nobody knows here. I think it’s pretty obvious.”

Tuukka Rask had 23 saves and allowed 5 goals on Tuesday night. Rask is now ranked 38th among goaltenders in the NHL with a 3.18 GAA and 41st with a .890 SV%. Rask wasn’t happy with his teams defensive efforts are the game.

“You have to pay attention to those details otherwise you’re gonna pay for that. Today we did, big time.” Rask told reporters after the game. “It’s as simple as that. A lot of goals are going to get scored in front of the net and tips or rebounds, and stuff like that. We weren’t sharp today.”

Joe Pavelski led the way for the Sharks, scoring just 42 seconds into the game.

The Bruins followed up, getting goals from Tyler Randell and a power play goal from Brad Marchand to put the Bruins up 2-1.

Less then four minutes later the Bruins allowed Joonas Donskoi to tip one past Tuukka Rask on a Paul Martin shot from the point, to tie the game at 2-2 heading into the second period.

The second period saw San Jose take over the game. After an early goal by Loui Eriksson on a nice pass from David Krejci to put the Bruins up 3-2, the Sharks responded with 3 unanswered goals, from Melker Karlsson, Patrick Marleau, and Joe Thornton to put the Sharks up 5-3.

Patrice Bergeron finished the scoring off, cutting the Sharks lead to one in the third period, 6:28 into the third period on one-timer for the Bruins second power play goal of the game.

“It’s really frustrating” Bergeron told reporters after Tuesday night’s loss. “It’s things that we’ve talked about and it keeps happening. Obviously we wanted to build on the last game, it’s not even close to the effort that we want.”

The Bruins look to step up their play and improve on their 2-5-1 record at home on Thursday night, when they welcome the Minnesota Wild to the TD Garden.

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(Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

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