The Boston Bruins cruised on to win their fourth straight game, as they hosted the San Jose Sharks on Hockey Fights Cancer Night at the TD Garden. After a special ceremonial puck drop from Weymouth native The Mighty Quinn Waters (the three-year-old is battling brain cancer), Boston came out swinging and never looked back.
Extending his point game streak, Boston's David Pastrnak got the Bruins on board in the first period. With the Bruins on the power-play, Pastrnak shot a wrister off a one-timer, nailing one past San Jose's Martin Jones. In his first game back following an injury, center Daivd Krejci blasted the puck after a touch pass from Torey Krug. At the end of the first, the B's would be up 2-0.
In the first few minutes in the second period, San Jose would be on the power-play. The Shark's would get on board when Brent Burns snapped one by B's goaltender Tuukka Rask. Minutes later, Boston's Charlie Coyle would score off a pass from David Krejci, making the score 3-1. As the B's continued their dominant game-control, Chris Wagner would cushion the lead as he scored on a breakaway. Beating Martin on the top shelf, Brandon Carlo would score his second of the season. After a wild end of the third period (with no additional goals), amid multiple fighting matching penalties, the Bruins would win with a final score of 5-1.
QUICK LEAGUE STATS
Boston would go on to win their fourth straight as San Jose drops their third straight loss. Pastrnak still leads the league in goals (12) and points (24), while Brad Marchand extended his point streak to 11 games. The 23-year-old Pastrnak has 24 points in 10 games; Marchand has 21 points in 11 games. Boston's Tuukka Rask made 16 saves while the Sharks' Martin Jones made 36 saves. Boston outshot San Jose 41 to 17.
The B's were 2-for-8 on the power-play, while San Jose was 1-for-3 on the power-play. With the loss, Jones now has a .878 save-percentage, while Rask has a league-leading .951 save percentage. He also leads the league with a 1.41 goals-against-average. Boston is first in the Atlantic Divison and second in the league with a 9-1-2 record. The Sharks are now 4-8-1 in Pacific Division.
NEXT GAME: BRUINS VS. OTTAWA SENATORS @TD GARDEN. PUCK DROP 7:00 PM.
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