By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
If we’re talking about the entertainment factor alone, there’s no denying that absolutely every fan of hockey — of all brands and styles — could use another six or seven head-to-heads between the Bruins and Sharks this season.
It’s a six-date night that would certainly favor the Bruins (if we’re judging on wins and wins alone), as they swept the two-game season series with San Jose by way of Tuesday night’s 4-1 final at TD Garden.
But a night that saw the Sharks fire just 20 shots on Bruins netminder Jaroslav Halak did not start as poorly as you’d think, as Logan Couture opened the game’s scoring with a power-play goal scored at the 12:47 mark of the opening frame.
Good for Couture’s 23rd strike of the season, the goal also featured some glaring mistakes on the part of the Bruins, with some Halak miscommunication with his defense on a loose puck, followed up with an egregious Zdeno Chara turnover.
The Bruins didn’t wait too long to get it back, though, as B’s center David Krejci countered with a power-play goal of his own less than two minutes later, leaving the teams tied up at 1-1 through 20 minutes of action.
Boston simply took over the second period, though, with two goals in a 37-second span, from Charlie McAvoy and Jake DeBrusk. The DeBrusk goal was a thing of beauty, too, as it featured some excellent tic-tac-toe precision from DeBrusk to Marcus Johansson to Krejci and then back to DeBrusk before it found its way through a hapless Martin Jones.
The middle-frame takeover was not complete without a ridiculous shorthanded goal from Brad Marchand, who abused an obviously hobbled Erik Karlsson en route to his 25th goal of the season, and a three-goal lead through 40 minutes. Marchand’s marker also stood as the 25th shorthanded goal of his career, too, tying him with Rick Middleton for the most in Bruins history.
From there, the Sharks were an obviously defeated bunch.
As the teams engaged in a third period that saw San Jose straight-up stymied when it came to chances against Halak and the Bruins, two scraps stood out as the period’s highlights, the first of which was a downright heated between Zdeno Chara and Evander Kane, and the second a David Backes beatdown courtesy of veteran enforcer Micheal Haley.
With the win, the Bruins extended their point streak to an impressive 14 games, with a 10-0-2 record over that stretch.
The Bruins are back at it Thursday night against the NHL-best Tampa Bay Lightning.