Shots on Goal: Bruin’s Rask ends Sharks and Niemi’s Streak
The San Jose Sharks were the last undefeated team in the NHL at 8-0-1 entering Thursday’s contest, but a last second tip-in goal with just 0.8 remaining ended their streak.
Tied 1-1 and time winding down in the third period, Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid fired a shot from the right point that David Krejci redirected through Niemi’s five-hole for the game winner.
Boston was only able to register 10 shots through the first two frames but went into the locker room with a 1-0 lead when Jarome Iginla scored his first goal of the season. Iginla gathered up a Krejci rebound in the crease and hammered the puck home with a deflection off the inside of Niemi’s right pad.
The lead was short-lived as Patrick Marleau picked up his eighth tally just 0.18 seconds into the third period. Marleau was on the doorstep and in perfect position to grab the rebound off a Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot and flip the puck past Rask to end the Finnish netminder’s shutout streak at 106:18
San Jose out shot Boston 39-17
Antti Niemi (8-1-1) stopped 15 of 17 and had his shutout streak halted at 119:52.
Rask (6-2-0) saved 38 of 39 shots.