Bruins-Sharks Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 21, 2012
The Boston Bruins' latest performance would seem to indicate their recent struggles are over. A visit to the slumping San Jose Sharks could give them more confidence going forward. The Bruins will seek to maintain their lead in the Northeast Division while dealing a blow to the Sharks' playoff hopes Thursday night. Boston snapped a season-high, four-game skid with a 3-2 shootout win over Philadelphia on Saturday, but it was Monday's home game against Toronto that showed the Bruins might have returned to their high-scoring ways. After totaling seven goals over its previous four games, Boston (42-27-3) scored four times in the first 13 minutes against the Maple Leafs and tallied another three goals in the second period of its 8-0 rout. Tim Thomas needed to make only 13 saves while posting his fifth shutout of the season. Veteran forward Brian Rolston matched his career high for points with one goal and three assists, and Benoit Pouliot had two goals and an assist. "We deserved a game like that because we went through a stretch there (when) it seemed everything went wrong," Rolston said. Boston will try to carry that momentum into a three-game trip through California that begins against the Sharks (36-27-10), who have dropped back-to-back games following their only win streak in nearly two months. The Bruins went winless during their most recent road trip to Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Florida. "I think it's maintaining what we've done over the last couple of games. Our last road trip wasn't a very good one, so we have to make sure we get a better one out of this one," coach Claude Julien said. "We're going into a territory where there's a lot of desperation, so we certainly going to have some good challenges." San Jose, 5-10-4 in its last 19 games, gave up five goals for the second straight night Tuesday against Los Angeles. Martin Havlat scored and assisted on Dan Boyle's goal while helping San Jose cut its deficit to one early in the third period. The Kings, though, tallied a late goal and an empty-netter to secure a 5-2 win. The result dropped the Sharks into a tie for 10th in the Western Conference with nine games remaining. "We just have to focus on what we do. We have everything in our hands, so we just have to start winning," said Havlat, who has four goals and two assists in his last three games. Havlat recorded an assist, and Joe Pavelski had two points during a 4-2 victory in Boston on Oct. 22. The Sharks have won consecutive games in the series but they haven't beaten the Bruins at home since March 21, 2003. San Jose is also 2-3-1 in its six games this month at the HP Pavilion. Boston has won 2-1 in each of its past two visits there, with the previous victory coming via shootout on Jan. 14, 2010. Daniel Paille scored the lone goal in regulation during that game and is expected to be play despite taking a shot to the knee from teammate Zdeno Chara late in Monday's win. Chara is set to appear in his 999th career game Thursday. Rich Peverley, who hasn't played since Feb. 15 because of a sprained MCL in his right knee, will likely accompany the team on the trip, but Nathan Horton (concussion) is expected to remain in Boston.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ezekiel Elliott hung out with Jim Brown

Rickie Fowler taunted by fans over his ex-girlfriend

Roger Goodell speaks about future of Pro Bowl in annual address

Mike Krzyzewski provides an update on his health

Sacramento Kings seriously considering firing George Karl

Rick Pitino says school should be penalized, 'but not this team'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban defends hack-a-player strategy

Jameis Winston awarded Pepsi NFL rookie of the Year

Trade Rumors: Clippers ‘reluctant’ to deal injured Blake Griffin

Bright future for Minnesota Timberwolves

Eli and Archie Manning say Peyton won’t likely leave Denver if he plays in 2016

NCAA mulls changes to graduate transfer and targeting rules

Bruins prospect hit in throat with puck, taken to hospital

WATCH: Mavs rookie laughed at for trash talking Spurs bench

Norris Cole has No. 30 retired with LeBron James, New Orleans Pelicans in attendance

Three keys to victory for the Broncos in Super Bowl 50

Torrey Smith: ‘This is probably the best offense’ for Kaepernick

Byron Scott thought D’Angelo Russell would be further along

Under-the-radar Super Bowl 50 matchups

Is Tim Lincecum's run with the San Francisco Giants done?

$40,000 in Super Bowl tickets stolen from San Francisco hotel

Rams fan makes Super Bowl commercial ripping Stan Kroenke

Panthers LB wants 'clown' Rodney Harrison off the air

Jason Reid: Tom Brady will play at least three more years

Kirk Cousins says he has ‘very good relationship’ with RG3

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

QUIZ: Name the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1991

Manziel's father fears for QB's life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker