After five games on the road that began in southern California and ended in St. Louis, the Boston Bruins returned home Tuesday to face the San Jose Sharks for the second time in just over a week. The return to TD Garden marked the first home game for newly-acquired home town boy Charlie Coyle and first career game as a Bruin for Marcus Johansson who became a member of the Black and Gold at the trade deadline on Monday coming from New Jersey.
The New Guys
Marcus Johansson, a left shot, appeared on the right side of David Krejci in his Bruins debut dawning No. 90 as the first player in the organization to wear the number.
Charlie Coyle would give Boston an early power play when he was slashed by Sharks defenseman Justin Braun as he broke in alone on goaltender Martin Jones. The Bruins would not capitalize on the man-advantage despite nearly beating Jones on more than one opportunity down low.
Johansson nearly netted the first goal of the game when he received a pass from linemate Jake DeBrusk, sending him in on Jones all alone. The Sharks' netminder would make a nice blocker save on a high snap shot.
The Sharks would eventually strike first as Logan Couture would manage to sneak a puck between the post and the skate of goaltender Jaroslav Halak on a power play, the result of a Matt Grzelcyk hooking infraction on Micheal Haley.
PPG for PPG
Less than two minutes after the Couture goal Krejci would tie the game up just ten seconds into a four-minute double minor hi stick to Timo Meier on DeBrusk.
The period would end knotted at one with Boston outshooting San Jose 16-8 through the first twenty minutes.
A Quick Awakening
The second period started off to a slow pace, with neither team making a hard push to take the lead.
And then, it happened.
Charlie McAvoy took a pass from Brad Marchand and absolutely made no mistake firing a shot off the far post and in past Jones.
Only 37 seconds later the Bruins newly-formed line of DeBrusk-Krejci-Johansson would make the San Jose defense look like a bunch of minor leaguers, in a play that began with a strong move on the puck by DeBrusk, who eventually deposited the puck in the net to cap off the sequence.
The onslaught of offense would be capped off with perhaps the prettiest goal of a string of pretty goals when Marchand walked through Sharks' defenseman Erik Karlsson before beating Jones, who had extended with a poke-check, five-hole.
Evander Kane would get an extra two minutes for instigating a fight with Sean Kuraly and Barclay Goodrow would drop the gloves with Chris Wagner as the Sharks attempted to stir up some momentum before the end of the period.
Despite late-period efforts, which included a stuffed breakaway attempt from Joakim Nordstrom, the score would remain 4-1 heading into the third period. Boston outshot San Jose 8-4 in the frame.
A Little Old School Hockey
The third period would feature more of the same rough and tough hockey that trickled its way into the end of the second.
The first altercation would arise when Kane, who had gotten on the wrong side of Zdeno Chara in the second period for going after Kuraly, decided he would just go after the man himself. The result? Well take a look...
Kane would eventually get ejected from the game for essentially refusing to shut up once he got to the penalty box, berating officials and opposing players alike as he skated across the ice to the visitor's dressing room.
Shortly thereafter, David Backes and Haley would drop the gloves with Haley ending up on top of Backes only a few seconds into the fight.
After the rough stuff settled down, well before the third was halfway over, the game would essentially be over. The Sharks, who were at their final stop on a four-game road trip, looked as though they were ready to pack up and head home after failing to spark any offense in the final twenty minutes.
Boston would cruise to a 4-1 victory, each team would get eight shots on goal in the period, with the edge in the game going to the B's by a final of 32-20
The Bruins continue their six-game home stand as they host the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night at TD Garden. Puck drop is set for 7:30pm EST.
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