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Bruins Show Sharks What Winning Hockey Is, 4-0 Shutout



Credit: NESN

The San Jose Sharks visit the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. The Bruins just put on their work boots and put on a master class in winning hockey, shutting out San Jose 4-0.

Period 1

Lindholm goal: Eyssimont can’t miss the steal like that up high, has to keep man in front of him or go through him, stop him up. San Jose Sharks were already in bend-don’t-break mode.

10 in: Karlsson loves the weakside dash up the ice. Sharp entry pass to Nieto. Wonder? If Labanc ever makes it back in the line-up…I feel like Nieto’s game has dropped off. Put Labanc back with Hertl, Eyssimont with Couture. Eyssimont brings some of Nieto’s little things plus a little more forechecking edge.

6 left: Sturm steps in front of Clifton, clamps down defensively, typical Sturm hockey.

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2 left: Like that decisive Megna pin. San Jose Sharks have been mostly solid defensively tonight. Not much on offense though.

1 left: Outstanding forecheck effort by Eyssimont, then gives it to Hertl for one-timer.

Period 2

Meier starts by intercepting Marchand pass in NZ, counterattack, Meier makes a gorgeous pass to Hertl coming down slot. Carlo might have got a stick on Meier.

Next shift, Karlsson looks like a video game out there stickhandling around Grzelcyk.

2 in: Greer spin-o-rama on Karlsson.

Eyssimont penalty: Two pests meeting. Fair that both he and Marchand go off. San Jose Sharks will take that trade.

McAvoy goal: Awful. Meier and Karlsson get split by McAvoy, fail to put body on the attacker. Soft defense from both. Karlsson might have been keeping an eye on Pastrnak coming down wing. So McAvoy takes advantage of the forward put in a defenseman-like position.

Foligno goal: Cicek near-turnover, he’s got to get back to being more decisive with puck. Maybe thinking too much, NHL pace too much? Lindblom turns it over in NZ, maybe not put in best position? Bruins counterattack, cycle.

Eyssimont might see the bench next game, consecutive unnecessary OZ penalties.

6 left: Karlsson knew that was too many men the second that Marchand interrupted it. Interesting, how he knows how many people on the ice there. I would guess other players not as aware.

Bruins just showing San Jose Sharks what high-level team hockey is.

Period 3

1 in: Fantastic job by Ferraro to skate it out by himself from behind Reimer, into OZ, he can do that. But when he gets down low, not much of a plan.

8 left: Would like that Eyssimont NZ pass to Harrington to connect. Those are the small plays that he has to make to be more than just a grinder.

5 left: Remenda recognizes, and I looked up from 49ers-Cowboys, Sturm closing on wall, “skating the gap” on Lindholm. That’s a high-compete play, that’s the foundation of winning hockey. Love it.

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