The Boston Bruins took a 2-1 lead with them into the locker room after Tuesday night’s opening period against the San Jose Sharks, but were unable to maintain or add to the lead, losing 3-2. Sharks right winger Joonas Donskoi scored the game-winning goal on the power play when he deflected a shot past Boston netminder Tuukka Rask 6:37 into the third period to break a 2-2 tie.
David Krejci had a solid game offensively for the Bruins, kicking off the Black and Gold’s night offensively when he netted his 15th goal of the season midway through the first period. A harmless looking shot from the right wing boards by David Pastrnak was kicked out to the slot by newly-acquired Shark goalie James Reimer, but directly to Krejci, who one-timed it past Reimer’s blocker to tie the score.
Krejci was not done on the night, as later in the period he sent in Loui Eriksson on a shorthanded breakaway thanks to a no-look, between the legs pass. Eriksson had no problem dealing with the pressure from the back-checking Brent Burns, and he wired one past Reimer to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. Despite going back and forth in the second and third periods, Eriksson’s goal was the final time Boston would be able to beat Reimer on the evening.
Bruins defenseman Torey Krug added an assist in the loss to extend his point streak to four games. Krejci, Eriksson, and Pastrnak all extended point streaks to three games.
The Bruins will return to the ice on Friday night for a tough test against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. and can be seen live on NESN.