Brad Marchand Continues Dominant Start To Season as Bruins Beat Sharks, 4-3

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The Boston Bruins beat the San Jose Sharks by a score of 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. A stellar performance by the offense allowed them to hold on to win.

Linus Ullmark made his second consecutive start for the Bruins. Ullmark played well through two periods, but the wheels started to fall off late in the game. He saved 15-of-16 shots through two periods, but then allowed two goals on 10 shots in the third. Overall, he had a .885 save percentage and secured his second win.

Luckily for the Bruins, Adin Hill played worse than Ullmark. Hill had a .714 save percentage and got benched in the second period after giving up four goals. Less than six minutes had gone in the period before James Reimer replaced him. Reimer actually faced more shots than Hill and didn’t give up a single goal. Reimer saved all 20 shots that came his way.

On the offensive side, the Bruins couldn’t have looked much better through two periods. Brad Marchand, who earned the first star of the game, added a goal and assist to his resume for the season. Marchand’s fourth goal of the season came within the first 30 seconds of the game. Then, less than three minutes later, he got the primary assist on Derek Forbort’s goal.

Another multi-point performance from a Boston forward came by David Pastrnak. Pastrnak scored his second power play goal and fourth goal of the season in the late first period. The goal scored was a one-timer that came via a silky smooth pass from Patrice Bergeron. The young man from the Czech Republic also assisted on Marchand’s goal and nearly scored a second goal in the third, but he hit the post above Reimer’s head.

Forbort, who scored the second goal of the game, recorded his first game of at least two points since December of 2018. Forbort also assisted on Jake DeBrusk’s goal in the second period and blocked three shots. The 2010 15th overall pick earned the third star of the game for his performance.

The game went well for the Bruins through two and a half period, but Tomas Hertl tipped in a goal in the third that brought them closer. Then, another tip-in goal from Timo Meier went past Ullmark about two minutes later and the Sharks came very close to tying it. But Ullmark tied things down and didn’t allow another goal on the six subsequent shots faced.

The Bruins will play their next game on Wednesday versus the Panthers at the FLA Live Arena.

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