Talking Points: Bruins 1, Sharks 0

Talking Points: Bruins 1, Sharks 0
January 12, 2014, 2:15 am
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GOLD STAR: It’s got to be Tuukka Rask, who goes from a goat in the first couple of games to a stud in the shutout win over the Sharks. San Jose had the better of the scoring chances throughout the game, and Rask was also a little lucky when Tommy Wingels flatly missed wide on a third period chance from the slot. But he also stopped everything he saw (26 saves), and looked calm, poised and confident while doing it. It was Rask’s NHL-leading fifth shutout of the season, and was really his first really good game against a good hockey team in more than a month.
 
BLACK EYE: Scott Hannan wasn’t terrible, but it was the San Jose defenseman that got caught retreating when Ryan Spooner turned on the jets leading up to the scoring play in the third period. He also had Loui Eriksson’s shot bounce off him and go directly to Carl Soderberg on the doorstep for the easy game-winning goal. It was actually a well-played, tight checking game without a lot of mistakes on either side, so we’re being pretty nit-picky about the “Black Eye” honors for this one.
 
TURNING POINT: The Sharks actually outshot the Bruins by an 8-6 margin in the final period, and Tommy Wingels had a chance to give the Sharks a slim lead when Patrick Marleau set him up with a beauty of a backhanded pass. Wingels was able to step unto the shot in the slot, but missed wide left with his scoring bid. That was San Jose’s best shot to score later in the game, and left the door ajar for the Bruins to score their own game-winning goal. Carl Soderberg did just that after a fortunate bounce off Scott Hannan’s skate while blocking a Loui Eriksson shot in front.
 
HONORABLE MENTION: Carl Soderberg was a factor throughout the game, and was perhaps energized by having Loui Eriksson on his line. Either way he was the big body near the net that benefited when Eriksson’s blocked shot ricocheted right to him, and Soderberg is now riding a four game point streak while the offense is drying up with some of Boston’s other skill players. Soderberg went 0-for-5 in the face-off circle in 14:55 of ice time, but generated seven shot attempts with three of them making it to the net. He can run hot and cold, but he was good on Saturday night.
 
BY THE NUMBERS: 2 – the number of losses for the San Jose Sharks on their home SAP Center ice after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Bruins. Boston and Vancouver are the only two NHL teams that have taken down San Jose in the Shark Tank this season.
 
QUOTE TO NOTE: "That was Bruins hockey. That's how we get points in this league.” –Tuukka Rask to reporters after a 1-0 shutout win over the San Jose Sharks.