Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bruins beat Sharks in Bruce Cassidy debut


San Jose Sharks @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on February 9, 2017.
New Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy picked up his first win in his first game as Bruins coach. The Bruins capitalized on their power-play and Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins to a 6-3 win over the Sharks. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was out of the lineup due to illness.

Quick game summary
In the first period, less than a minute into the game, Bruins David Backes scored his 12th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Later, Sharks Joe Thornton scored, tying the game 1-1. Later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 14th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead. Less than two minutes later, Bruins David Pastrnak scored his 23rd goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 3-1 lead.

In the second period, Sharks Justin Braun scored, cutting the Bruins lead to 3-2. Later, Bruins Tim Schaller scored his 7th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 4-2 lead. Later, Bruins David Pastrnak scored his 24th goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 5-2 lead.

In the third period, Sharks Timo Meier scored, cutting the Bruins lead to 5-3. Later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 24th goal of the season, an empty-net goal, giving the Bruins a 6-3 lead.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 23 saves on 26 shots. Rask is now 26-13-0-4 with a 2.32 GAA and a .910 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game with a 56% faceoff percentage, in shots 33-26, hits 27-23 and blocked shots 12-8. The Bruins went 2-for-3 on the power-play while the Sharks went 0-for-2.

David Backes led the Bruins with 7 shots. Tim Schaller led the Bruins with 4 hits. Brandon Carlo led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Peter Cehlarik, Zdeno Chara and Joe Morrow were scratched for the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron
2) Bruins forward David Pastrnak
3) Bruins forward David Backes

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 27-23-6 with 60 points this season and are in 4th place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 4-5-1 in their last 10 games and their home record is now 13-13-0 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday when they host the Vancouver Canucks, at 1pm ET.

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