For a few minutes it seemed that the Bruins were on a path to overcome a two goal deficit in the third. Those hopes were snuffed out by a late Benn Ferriero goal as the Sharks cuffed the Bruins on their way to 4-2 victory Saturday night at TD Garden.
It was another case of showing up late and working from behind for the Bruins as they allowed the Sharks to jump ahead two goals mostly because of defensive mishaps and lack of effort.
The Sharks started the scoring when Joe Pavelski beat Andrew Ference one-on-one and snapped a wrister passed Tim Thomas 1:12 into the first period. They cashed in again 8:54 into the second period when Martin Havlat won a puck battle along the wall and dished it to a waiting Logan Couture in front of the net who quickly got it passed Thomas.
The Bruins found their spark in the third when Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin rushed the net , Seguin's inital shot trickled past Sharks goalie Antti Neimi but was not heading in until Lucic sent the rebound home. The two wingers hooked up again a few seconds later when a turnover at the blueline sent Lucic towards the net where he spotted Seguin across the crease and sent him a pass that he quickly converted.
The rally was quelled though 8:48 into the final period when Ferriero was able to elude Steven Kampfer in front of the net and bury a rebound. An empty-netter would cap the scoring for the Sharks.
The Bruins now head into a long break at 3-5 and still unable to muster consecutive wins. They will face off with arch rival Montreal Thursday at TD Garden for the last of their four game home stand.