Goals at a premium away from The Tank

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Goals at a premium away from The Tank

SAN JOSE The San Jose Sharks have won just once in their last 10 tries on the road, including a current four-game losing streak that featured a pair of ugly losses in Anaheim and Phoenix just last week, in which they scored one goal total.

The reason? Air Shark might be leaving certain players games back in the Bay Area at take off. San Jose is in eighth place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of the Stars headed into Tuesday night's game in Dallas.

When I look back at some of the most recent road games, we've been missing two or three guys, Todd McLellan said on Monday. All of a sudden you become a three line team or a two-and-a-half line team, and you can't get it done at this time of year with the energy level and that type of stuff. We need everybody involved.

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Among some of the Sharks main point producers that have struggled away from HP Pavilion in the last 10 games are Ryane Clowe (1g), Brent Burns (1g, 3a), Dan Boyle (1g, 2a) and Logan Couture (3g, 2a). Even Joe Pavelski, who has come alive recently and now leads the Sharks in goals with 31, has just two goals and two assists in the last 10 road games.

Its hard to pinpoint one thing, we've been getting a lot of shots, said Joe Thornton, who has 11 points in that same road stretch and has been anything but the problem, as the most consistent offensive threat in the past two months. Maybe getting in the goalies eyes will help. But, hopefully we'll get on this road trip and we'll throw some in the net.

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Boyle said: We just haven't won games, I dont know that it's a lack of confidence. Its execution, probably.

The Sharks are primed to get a better effort from the Stars than was put forth in Saturday nights 3-0 San Jose win at The Tank. Dallas got behind early and its energy level seemed to erode from there, after having played in Vancouver the previous night.

Still, the Sharks have accumulated nine of a possible 10 points against Dallas this season (4-0-1). Whatever theyre doing right, theyd like to repeat it.

They're going to be ready for us, Thornton said. They know how important the next game is. Tuesday night should be great; they'll probably play physical and you know it's going to be a must win for both teams.

McLellan said: They'll be a different team, playing at home and playing in front of their fans. They were playing back to back here, and won't have that problem. Im sure they'll get some healthy bodies back, and Im sure we'll get a stiffer game than we got here.

Clowe attributes the success against Dallas at least partially to special teams play, and hes right. The Sharks have had 10 more power play opportunities than Dallas in the five-game season series, and scored five man-advantage goals (5-for-22) as opposed to just a pair for the Stars (2-for-12).

That's one thing against Dallas that's been pretty good this year, Clowe said. We've come out, they've taken some penalties, we've capitalized on the power play and spotted ourselves a couple good leads early.

The Sharks have scored first in four of the five games. They didnt do it in their last visit to Dallas, and ended up losing 4-3 in a shootout on March 8.

Instant Replay: Bruins score in overtime, send Sharks to the break with a loss

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Instant Replay: Bruins score in overtime, send Sharks to the break with a loss

BOX SCORE

SAN JOSE – The Boston Bruins skated past the San Jose Sharks on Sunday at SAP Center, 2-1 in overtime.

Brad Marchand’s breakaway goal after the Bruins won a defensive zone faceoff gave Boston the win, as Torey Krug found the forward charging towards the San Jose net. Marchand slipped the puck through Martin Jones’ five hole at 2:36.

San Jose has dropped its last four games decided in the three-on-three.

The Sharks lost for the sixth time in their last eight games (2-1-5), headed into the bye week. They will not play or practice from Monday through Friday, and resume their season on Saturday in Vancouver.

Boston extended its winning streak to four games since firing Claude Julien and naming Bruce Cassidy the interim head coach. The streak began with a 6-3 win over the Sharks at TD Garden on Feb. 9.

The Bruins were just the fourth team of 20 to win the first game after their bye week (4-12-4).

Boston scored the only goal in the first period, while the Sharks answered with a second period tally.

Ryan Spooner’s marker at 11:05 of the opening frame put Boston ahead. An Adam McQuaid point shot found Jimmy Hayes in the slot, and after Hayes fired wide of the net, Spooner tucked in the loose puck.

San Jose turned up the pressure late in the second, finally resulting in a goal by Patrick Marleau. During a four-on-four situation, Brent Burns’ wrist shot deflected right to Marleau’s tape, and he easily flipped in his 502nd career goal at 17:37.

Sharks coach Pete DeBoer shortened his bench for the third period, leaving Mikkel Boedker and Nikolay Goldobin planted on the pine. Melker Karlsson took Boedker’s place on the second line, while Chris Tierney skated on the third line with Tomas Hertl and Joel Ward.

The Sharks are 6-3-1 in the second half of back-to-backs.

Special teams

Each team had just one power play in the game, failing to convert.

The Sharks are 3-for-24 on the power play over their last eight games (12.5 percent), but a perfect 8-for-8 on the PK in their last five.

In goal

Jones was facing the Bruins just 10 days after he was pulled to start the second period in Boston when he allowed three goals on 12 shots. He allowed two goals on 27 shots.

Tuukka Rask made 29 saves for the win.

Lineup

The Sharks’ lineup was unchanged from Saturday’s win in Arizona, other than the goaltender. Goldobin played in his second game of the season.

Joe Thornton remains two assists away from 1000 in his career. His five-game point streak came to an end.

Burns had 20 shot attempts, including seven on net.

Up next

Saturday’s game in Vancouver begins a stretch where the Sharks will play their final 22 games over a 43-day span. On Feb. 2, they won the first of five meetings with the Canucks, 4-1 at Rogers Arena.

Vancouver, which hosted Philadelphia on Sunday, also has its bye week from Feb. 20-24.

NHL Gameday: Sharks host Bruins in final game before week of rest

NHL Gameday: Sharks host Bruins in final game before week of rest

Programming note – Sharks-Bruins coverage starts today at 5:30 p.m. on NBCSN

WHERE THEY STAND

Sharks: 35-18-6, 76 points, 1st Pacific Division
Bruins: 29-23-6, 64 points, 4th Atlantic Division

PREGAME NEWS AND NOTES

***The Sharks will be playing their second of a back-to-back, and final game before the bye week, in a rare matinee start time at SAP Center against Boston. Saturday’s 4-1 win in Arizona was just San Jose’s second in its last seven games, although they have points in six of those (2-1-4). San Jose is 4-2-4 since reeling off six straight wins from Jan. 16 – 24, and has a four-point lead on Edmonton for first place in the Pacific Division.

***Boston will be playing for the first time since its bye week, which may not have come at a good time. The Bruins reeled off three straight wins after changing coaches from Claude Julien to interim Bruce Cassidy, the first of which came against the Sharks at TD Garden on Feb. 9. The Bruins haven’t played since last Sunday, a 4-0 home win over Montreal.

***Joe Thornton brings a five-game point streak into tonight’s game (2g, 4a). He sits two assists shy of becoming the 13th player in NHL history to reach 1000 assists.

KEEP AN EYE ON...

Sharks: Melker Karlsson. The fourth line winger was the star of last night’s game in Arizona, posting one goal and two assists, and getting credit for the game-winning goal. Karlsson, second on the Sharks in shorthanded time on ice per game, has two goals and three points in three career games against the Bruins.

Bruins: Patrice Bergeron. The three-time Selke Trophy winner posted four points (1g, 3a) against the Sharks in Boston 10 days ago, and is third on the team in scoring with 33 points (14g, 19a). The 31-year-old is just one assist shy of 400 for his career, and is eighth on the Bruins’ all-time scoring list.

PROBABLE LINES

Sharks
Kevin Labanc – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Mikkel Boedker
Nikolay Goldobin – Tomas Hertl – Joel Ward
Micheal Haley – Chris Tierney – Melker Karlsson

Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko

Martin Jones
Aaron Dell

Bruins
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Backes
Peter Cehlarik – David Krejci – David Pasternak
Frank Vatrano – Ryan Spooner – Jimmy Hayes
Tim Schaller – Dominic Moore – Riley Nash

Zdeno Chara – Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug – Adam McQuaid
Kevan Miller – Colin Miller

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

INJURIES

Sharks: Joonas Donskoi (upper body) and Dylan DeMelo (broken wrist) are out.

Bruins: Austin Czarnik (lower body) is out.

QUOTEABLE

“He’s having an MVP season. He’s been that good for us all year and it’s every night. I don’t know what else to say. In my mind right now he’s the best player in the league, and we’re happy to have him on our team.” – Pete DeBoer on Brent Burns after Saturday’s Sharks win in Arizona, in which Burns had two goals