Bruins well-represented in skills competition


Bruins well-represented in skills competition

OTTAWA The NHL All-Star Skills competitions have been announced, and theres obviously a strong Bruins contingent on Team Chara planned for the Saturday events at Scotiabank Place.

Zdeno Chara headlines it while vying for his fifth consecutive win in the Blackberry Hardest Shot Competition after setting a new record with a 105.9-mph slapper in Carolina last year, and Tyler Seguin will take part in the Canadian Tire Shooting Accuracy competition. Chara will take part in the G Series Skills Challenge Relay, and both Seguin and Tim Thomas will be in the Tim Hortons Elimination Shootout all to take place on Saturday.

Everything is going to be really good. Im sure guys will be trying to show some new tricks and new moves, said Chara, who along with Joffrey Lupul selected the players and what events theyll be taking part in. Im going to try to do my best like I do every year. Its going to be hard.

There are so many guys that shoot the puck hard. Its challenging. I like to be in that position. I would like to win it again, but if it doesnt happen then it doesnt happen.

Seguin was texting back and forth with Chara on Friday afternoon as the Bs captain constructed the skills competition roster, and he said that his event changed a couple of different times before Chara settled on him for the shooting accuracy. The Elimination Shootout is under a different set of rules than it was last year, but Seguin said he was really along for the ride after his captain strung him along this afternoon.

I texted Zee and asked him Do you know what Im doing? and he texted me back and said the hardest shot and then he said the fastest skater, said Seguin. Then he said forget it youre just going to do absolutely everything so I said okay.

The worst news about the skills competition: Thomas wont be taking part in the fastest skater competition in the goalie category after his entertaining tumble while circling behind the net last season.

Talking Points: Bruins get win in return from bye week

Talking Points: Bruins get win in return from bye week

Joe Haggerty hands out his superlatives following the Boston Bruins victory over the San Jose Sharks

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Marchand's OT goal helps Bruins beat Sharks, 2-1


Marchand's OT goal helps Bruins beat Sharks, 2-1

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Brad Marchand scored on a breakaway with 2:24 left in overtime and the Boston Bruins picked up where they left off before their six-day bye with a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.

Ryan Spooner also scored for the Bruins, who improved to 4-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves.

Patrick Marleau scored the lone goal for the Sharks, who have lost six of eight games heading into their bye week. Four of those losses came in overtime and another in a shootout, giving San Jose nine points during the span. Martin Jones made 25 saves.

The winning play started on a faceoff in the Bruins' defensive zone. Patrice Bergeron won the faceoff back to Torey Krug, who sent a stretch pass up ice that Marchand retrieved behind the Sharks defense. He skated in all alone on Jones and beat him for his 25th goal of the season.

While teams coming out of the bye week have struggled this season with a 3-12-4 record coming into Sunday, the Bruins opened the game with much more energy than the Sharks, who were playing for the second straight night after a win in Arizona on Saturday.

Frank Vatrano had a good chance early that Jones stopped but the third line cashed in later in the opening period when Jimmy Hayes took a pass from Adam McQuaid at the point and shot it wide. Spooner recovered the puck off the back boards and tucked it into the open net for the first goal of the game.

The Sharks found their legs in the second period and nearly tied it when Brent Burns hit the post before finally getting the equalizer thanks to a fortunate bounce during 4-on-4 play. Burns' point shot was blocked by Krug and the puck went straight to Marleau, who shot it into the open net for his 21st goal of the season late in the second.