(SportsNetwork.com) – The San Jose Sharks aim to post only their second three-
game winning streak of the season on Thursday night as they play host to the
The Sharks have followed up a four-game slide with home wins over Anaheim and
Philadelphia. Tuesday’s 2-1 decision over the Flyers gave the Sharks
consecutive wins for the first time since Oct. 26-28.
They haven’t won three in a row since a 3-0 start to the season.
Matt Nieto had the winner with 11.5 seconds left in regulation on Tuesday. He
forced a turnover and sent the puck up to Patrick Marleau, whose shot on net
was stopped by Steve Mason.
Mason, though, left a rebound and was crashed into by San Jose’s Tommy
Wingels, allowing Nieto to snap the disc into a wide-open net. It was Nieto’s
second straight game without a goal after he went 22 straight without one.
“It was kind of a scramble in front of the net and when you’re not scoring you
have to, general rule of thumb is get to the net, and I tried to get there as
fast as I could and luckily the puck bounced straight out for me,” said Nieto.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic had the other goal and Antti Niemi turned away 28 shots
for the Sharks.
Sharks center Logan Couture was injured in a collision with Flyers forward
Michael Raffl early in the third period and did not return. He is questionable
for this game.
Couture scored twice in a 5-3 loss in Boston on Oct. 21. Marleau had two
assists and Niemi allowed four goals on 32 shots.
It was the Sharks’ third straight loss to the Bruins and Boston has won three
of its past four in San Jose.
Gregory Campbell had the deciding goal for the Bruins versus the Sharks and
Milan Lucic had three assists. Tuukka Rask made 31 saves.
Boston has lost the first two of its four-game swing out west. The Bruins
began the trip with Monday’s 3-2 loss in Anaheim, then suffered a 2-0 setback
to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
Jonathan Quick stopped all 31 shots the Bruins fired on net, while Niklas
Svedberg allowed one goal on 34 shots in defeat.
“It’s frustrating when you don’t win games,” Svedberg said. “We just need to
keep working and try to find a way to raise our game.”
Boston did not have a power play and is 1-3-1 in its last five games. The
Bruins have scored just six goals over that span and have been held to a pair
of goals or fewer in nine of their last 10.