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Inconsistent Bruins Return in 2-1 Loss to Sharks

San Jose Sharks left wing Daniel Winnik, not shown, scores past Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) in the third period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, March 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

There had been some signs that the Bruins had gotten past the roughest stretch of the season. They may be past that point still and Thursday night’s game was just a bad game. The Sharks scored first and went on to win 2-1. The Bruins only had 17 shots on goal, a season low. Tim Thomas played well in his 14th straight appearance, but didn’t get enough support from the offense to come out with any points.

The west coast trip continues with a game against the Kings on Saturday.

Almost no offense from the top guns

Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, and Tyler Seguin finished the game with a combined zero shots on goal. That is absolutely unacceptable, arguably the top three forwards on this team need to be better.

There was some line juggling again that had Seguin back with Krejci and Milan Lucic, that line was on the ice for Daniel Winnik’s game winning goal in the third period. This trio just can’t get it done on defense, between Lucic and Krejci there isn’t enough speed to back check consistently and get back into plays.

Zdeno Chara scored the only Bruins goal on a true goal scorer’s goal. From no angle behind the net, Chara banked the puck off of Anti Niemi, who was sprawled out on the ice. The Bruins had four minutes left to try to tie it up and didn’t really get much more pressure on the Sharks from that point.

Thomas plays in 14 straight

Thomas playing this much is not what the Bruins had in mind heading towards the playoffs. Once the Bruins can clinch the division, Thomas probably wont play again until Game 1 of the playoffs.

Thomas made 25 saves and played well enough for the Bruins to get some points. The once scary thing about Thomas recently has been that he hasn’t been making the big save when the Bruins need it most. The Sharks’ second goal came early in the third period, but had been right after a few good shifts for the Bruins.

Getting down a goal early with no fight coming soon after is the start of a rough game for the Bruins.

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