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Sharks fall to Bruins 2-1

  • Sharks goalkeeper Antti Niemi makes a save during the second period of Thursday's game in Boston. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

BOSTON — David Krejci tipped in a shot with eight-tenths of a second left in the third period to lift the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over San Jose on Thursday night, sending the Sharks to their first regulation loss of the season.

Jarome Iginla scored his first goal with the Bruins (7-2) and goaltender Tuukka Rask was outstanding, making 38 saves.

Patrick Marleau had San Jose's goal, his eighth of the season. Antti Niemi stopped 15 shots.

Krejci, positioned in the slot, tipped defenseman Adam McQuaid's shot from the point between Niemi's pads for the game-winner.

The Sharks (8-1-1) tied the game at 1-all on the opening shift of the third period when Marleau swooped in from the left wing, slipping a rebound past Rask 18 seconds into the period.

Seconds later, Rask came across the crease and made a blocker save on Tomas Hertl at the end of a 2-on-1 break. The Sharks kept up the pressure with a flurry of shots over the next 2 1/2 minutes.

The Bruins had an excellent chance with 2 1/2 minutes left in regulation when Niemi dropped to make a pad save on Krejci's bid from in close.

Iginla had given Boston a 1-0 lead with 1:12 left in the second when he collected the rebound of Dennis Seidenberg's shot near the bottom of the right circle, firing a shot that trickled into the net after hitting Niemi's right pad and slipping between his legs.

Signed to a one-year free-agent deal that could earn him as much as $6 million with incentives, Iginla had a big smile on his face as he went over to the bench to accept congratulations from his teammates.

The 36-year old winger vetoed a trade that would have sent him to the Bruins when they had a deal in place at last season's trading deadline. He ended up accepting a deal to Pittsburgh, which was swept in the Eastern Conference finals by Boston last spring.

Niemi had robbed Patrice Bergeron about 2 minutes before Iginla's goal when he came across the crease to make a glove stop at the end of a 2-on-1 break.

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