Bruins 2, Sharks 2
BOSTON (AP) _ Marco Sturm scored the tying goal with 17.7 seconds left in the second period as the San Jose Sharks, winless in their NHL existence at Boston, salvaged a 2-2 tie against the Bruins Saturday.
The Sharks, 6-1-1 in their last eight games, never have won at Boston, going 0-5-2 since joining the league in 1991.
Boston, currently holding the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot, is 3-1-1 in its last five games. The Bruins, who entered the game three points ahead of Florida and the New York Rangers, have 14 games left.
Boston goalie Byron Dafoe made a pair of outstanding stops with just over five minutes left in the third period. The first was a sliding stop of Sturm’s shot from the slot. The second came only 12 seconds later, a pad save on Mike Ricci’s shot on a 2-on-1 break.
Ray Bourque and Steve Heinze scored first-period goals for Boston. Joe Murphy had San Jose’s other goal.
Bruins wing P.J. Axelsson had a clean breakaway with just over nine minutes left in the third period, but his shot sailed over the net.
Boston outshot the Sharks 15-5 and led 2-0 after one period, but the lead could have been bigger. The Bruins hit a post five times in the opening period, with only one carom leading to a goal.
Heinze gave Boston a 1-0 lead midway into the first period when he collected his rebound that bounced off the post and slipped a backhander past goalie Steve Shields.
The Bruins made it 2-0 on Bourque’s power-play goal 17:36 into the period. Bourque beat Shields with a slap shot from the point.
The Sharks tied it with two second-period goals.
Murphy’s fluke goal midway into the period made it 2-1 when his pass from the left circle went into the net off Bruins defenseman Kyle McLaren’s right skate. Sturm tied it by sliding a wrist shot under Dafoe from the right circle.