Boston -- The Boston Bruins once again failed to follow up a big win with another as they came out flat against the San Jose Sharks and, despite a third-period rally, lost 4-2. Trailing 2-0 heading into the third period, the Bruins appeared to have found their game again as Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin scored 29 seconds apart in the first 3:12 of the final frame but Essex, Mass., native Benn Ferriero scored at the 8:48 mark to regain the lead for San Jose and Patrick Marleau then added an empty-netter to seal the deal for the Sharks. Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture scored the other two San Jose goals. Tim Thomas made 26 saves for Boston and Antti Niemi stopped 37 Bruins shots for San Jose.
Lucic skating hard and finding his stride: Milan Lucic is starting to look like the Milan Lucic who scored a career-high 30 goals last season using his size, skating and grit. After a goal and two assists on Thursday, Lucic lit the lamp and got another helper on Saturday and is more of a presence on the ice. Lucic admitted his game wasn’t where it needed to be mentally after the 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday and it appears he is focused again.
Kelly showing he’s got game: Many questioned why head coach Claude Julien would insert center Chris Kelly between Lucic and Tyler Seguin but the center who's known more for his defensive play and leadership has shown he can hang on the top line. With two helpers Saturday, he now has two goals and two assists since being slotted between Seguin and Lucic.
Seguin’s torrid start continues: Seguin’s hot streak continued Saturday as the second-year forward scored his third goal of the season and now has nine points this season. He has been held pointless in only two of the first eight games. More and more, this looks to be a breakout season for the 2010 NHL draft's second overall pick, who struggled in his rookie season with just 22 points.
Bruins falling behind eight-ball right away: Joe Pavelski’s first-period goal 1:12 into regulation made it six straight times that the Bruins have allowed the first goal. For a team that has been inconsistent with scoring, this is a trend the B's need to break soon.
Jumbo Joe gets warm ovation for 1,000th game: Former Bruins captain and current Sharks captain Joe Thornton got a warm ovation from the TD Garden crowd when, after his first shift, the HD screen showed a montage of his Bruins career to honor him for his 1,000th NHL game, which he played at New Jersey on Friday. The last player before Seguin to wear No. 19 finished the game with one point.
Roster remains same: Julien kept the same lines and defensive pairings as the last game. Here’s what the lineup looked like:
Milan Lucic-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Andrew Ference-Steven Kampfer