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Krejci’s last-second goal steals win for Boston over San Jose

Oct 24, 2013, 9:38 PM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks showed why they were the last team in the NHL to remain without a regulation loss on Thursday, dominated puck possession against the Boston Bruins. David Krejci scored a 2-1 game-winner with about a second left, however, to steal one for the B’s.

Krejci might get the immediate glory, but it was Tuukka Rask who won an impressive battle of two goalies who should get serious consideration as Finland’s No. 1 goalie at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Rask stopped 38 out of 39 shots to edge Antti Niemi, who allowed two goals on 17.

San Jose held a shot advantage in all three periods, with the disparity being most apparent in the first period (16-3). They couldn’t beat Rask, 26, once in that opening frame, though.

Patrick Marleau scored the Sharks’ lone goal while Jarome Iginla found the net for his first time with Boston.

  1. sjtorpitt - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Sooooo pissed…

    • matt14gg - Oct 25, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      It’s unbelievable, a San Jose fan says he’s pissed his team lost and he gets 20 thumbs down. Really? Does this mean 20 people would be thrilled if their team lost in the last second?

      • pastabelly - Oct 25, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        What’s unbelievable is you don’t understand the thumbs down is a statement from people who are not pissed that the Bruins won. It’s no more than that. For what it’s worth, it looks like he’s also a fan of Toronto and Pittsburth. So, he’s covered. :)

  2. Anoesis - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Rask, with a .974 save percentage in this game, did a lot more than just “edge” Niemi, who’s save percentage was .882.

    Stopping 38 of 39 is way more impressive than 15 of 17. Rask won that game for them.

    • hockey412 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      Agreed…17 shots, really?


    • skr213 - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      No question Rask was awesome and is the reason the Bruins won. But Niemi played a great game as well. Quirky first goal and then blown coverage by Thornton on the second goal that allowed a little deflection – nothing any goalie can be blamed for.

  3. btlpper68 - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    This sucks
    Limit the bruins to 10 shots in 2 periods outshoot them
    2-1 but how does krejci get that wide open?

    • matt14gg - Oct 25, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Agreed, tough one, but it just illustrates the point about throwing pucks at the net. Great tip, but a lot had to go right for that to go in and it starts with just getting the puck to the net.

  4. sjsblitz - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Was a good game. Rask won that for them which im not surprised at. What bugs is the hit from Chara on Wingels(no call) and the cross check to the face by Chara on Hertl(no call)

    • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      Why aren’t the girls from Boston on here whining about that tonight?

      Did the Bruins at least learn to skate through the neutral zone with their head up?

      My God, after Horton and now Erickson ….. How dumb can they be to admire their pass and get knocked out?? We were taught that in pee wee.

      Keep your damn head up Boston ding dong.

      • spitfisher - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        Hey its school night what are you still doing up? also your sister wants her computer back.

        what an idiot

      • lordstanley65 - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:34 PM

        Whaaaa whaaaa whaaaa, typical whiny crap from you,Habs. Some things never change no matter what you call yourself now. Your dopey comments continue to betray you.

      • itsallniceonice - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        Bring back Habsman!

      • amazingtoaster - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:38 AM

        Did the habs at least learn the difference between acting and hockey?

        Both of those hits were late and towards the head on players who were in a vulnerable position. It’s one thing to send a message, its another to launch yourself or target a players head.

      • drewzducks - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:51 AM

        His head was up, looking straight ahead, just like Pacioretty’s was when he chose to kiss the boards, or should I say Maxi-pad.

      • dropthepuckeh - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:06 AM

        Where have you been habsman? Did they let you out for good behavior? Make sure you honor the restraining order – we don’t want to hear about you close to any children in VT this fall…..

      • matt14gg - Oct 25, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        Really Mountain Boy, the exact same post in two separate stories? Kinda sad, no? It’s funny, I have a good back and forth with an actual knowledgeable Habs fan on Twitter. He’s a good dude and he knows his hockey. You’re the other kind of Habs fan. You know, the one that has no clue about the game, but hates the fact that they never win.

  5. titansbro - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    There’s a reason Rask got paid. He’s just nasty.

  6. sjsharks66 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    The only thing I had a problem with was the cross check to Hertls mouth. Other than that it was a good game. Sharks played great! Raask is just too good. The loss had to come sooner or later and im glad it game against this Boston team.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:55 AM

      Well if it makes you feel any better I don’t think Chara meant to hit him with this stick… I’m pretty sure he was aiming with his glove until he got sent off balance and his leg went straight up in the air. I’m obviously not being serious about the “if it makes you feel any better part”, but even by Chara’a standards cross checking after a whistle in front of a referee in a tight game isn’t usually his style.. Now, bumping into him by the net after a whistle and getting a few gloves to the face? That’s a little more up to his speed.

      • hockey412 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        Ohhhhh….well, if he didn’t MEAN to………….

    • theblakfox - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      As a B’s fan its awesome to see the sharks come to town. I think its awesome we stuck this one out but man, the sharks are a fast team. The score could have easily been heavily favored to SJ. The B’s looked tired and the sharks took advantage.

      Chara’s hit did look high, but I think sometimes he naturally hits that high because of his size. There was no intent to injure, but maybe could have got a minor. Still, great game between two of the best teams in the league.

    • matt14gg - Oct 25, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Yeah agreed, it was a cross check and def borderline. I’d be pissed too. I don’t believe Chara’s a dirty player, but that was a dirty play. A little “welcome to the league” for a kid who is going to be a great player.

  7. gsprulz - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Sharks did really good for a team without 5 starters against a east coast cup contender! Sucks how we lost but, still got to think if Boston struggled that much against a thin Sharks team where will we be when we start getting pieces back! I really hope we get Dan Boyle and Brent Burns back soon!

    • shaundre93 - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      Lol, why the thumbs down? seems like an accurate assessment. See you in the finals San Jose! 😉

  8. micasa81 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Not surprised that the Bruins were the team to hand SJ its first regulation loss. If there’s one team in the East that is liable to give the top tier teams in the West troubles, it’s them (sorry Pens, you’ve still got some convincing to do come April). I didn’t watch the game, and it sounds like Rask was the show-stealer, but I’m guessing he had quite a bit of defensive help to make sure the majority of those shots were stoppable.

    • spitfisher - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      actually in that 1st period there wasn’t much D and SJ was on the doorstep most of the period.

  9. govtminion - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Seemed early on like the Sharks lived in the Bruins defensive zone… Boston got out of there thanks to a combination of luck and one top-notch goaltender. It looks the same as a 5-0 drubbing in the ‘W’ column, but that was a pretty poor game by the B’s. Better to be lucky than good though, as they say.

  10. itsallniceonice - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Great game by SJ! Outplayed the Bruins by a lot but it was the day after a game against the worst team in hockey. Next game will hopefully be more competitive.

    • gsprulz - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      First time we lost to you guys in Boston since 2005…had to of happened sometime. Bad luck game but, good luck to ya.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:01 AM

        It honestly makes me happy reading people from different teams actually admiring the others team after the game in this post. Usually the losing team has to point out something one player on the winning team did, and why the rest of the team is awful because of it, along with the town the team came from.

        San Jose looks like they are finally making a case to be playoff favorites this year. It was bound to happen at some point. You guys have some young guys that are going to own this league in a few years, which means you should know what it felt like for us in Boston to be perennial playoff threats year after year.

  11. matt14gg - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Tuukka Rask 2 – Sharks 1. Seriously tho San Jose looked awesome. They dominated the Bruins for most of the game and Tuukka just stole it. It’s what great goalies do.

    San Jose has to love their team. They have a ton of skill. The only thing that tends to hold them back, especially at playoff time, is the grind and mental toughness it takes to win. They tend to get lost when the games get more physically nasty. It doesn’t mean they can’t play tough, but they never seem to understand that playoff toughness is about taking the physical pounding and not just reacting and taking penalties.

    Here’s how successful playoff teams work: They take your best hits (clean or otherwise) and don’t react. But at the same time they dish out their own nastiness throughout the game as well. The discipline is in not retaliating directly and not putting yourself in the penalty box. Give and take basically makes the physical battle a stand-off. Their skill level will then win out over a long series.

    San Jose is a dangerous team and as long as they can get through the grind of the season pretty much intact they have to be the favorite to go to the SC Finals.

  12. thibbledorfpwent - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    You mean the same way John Scott naturally hits high because of his size?…

    • pastabelly - Oct 25, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Scott’s hit wasn’t high because of his size. He deliberately threw his elbow into the side of Erikkson’s head.

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