Bruins start fast, hang on late to hand Sharks first loss


BOSTON — The Boston Bruins scored three goals in the first period before holding on late to hand the San Jose Sharks their first loss of the season with a 4-3 win at TD Garden on Sunday.

Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Derek Forbort each had a goal and an assist, and Patrice Bergeron had two assists for the Bruins (3-1-0). Linus Ullmark made 23 saves.

Jasper Weatherby, Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier scored for the Sharks (4-1-0). Adin Hill allowed four goals on 14 shots before being replaced in the second period by James Reimer, who made 20 saves.

Marchand scored his fourth goal of the season 28 seconds into the first to give Boston a 1-0 lead. Pastrnak passed behind the net to Bergeron, who found Marchand in the slot for a wrist shot past the glove of Hill.

Forbort got his point with the Bruins on a wrist shot from the left point that made it 2-0 at 3:18.

Pastrnak extended the lead to 3-0 at 16:12 on the power play. Bergeron’s redirection in the slot hit the crossbar, but Mario Ferraro whiffed on a clearing attempt, and Bergeron passed to Pastrnak for a one-timer in the left circle.

Weatherby responded 32 seconds later to make it 3-1, beating Ullmark short side. Jonah Gadjovich had the primary assist for his first NHL point.

Jake DeBrusk scored at 5:41 of the second to make it 4-1. He shot glove side on Hill after he was hit in the pads on a dump-in attempt by Oskar Steen, who got his first NHL point on the play.

Hertl deflected Marc-Edouard Vlasic‘s shot at 13:19 of the third to make it 4-2, and Meier scored on his own deflection of Logan Couture‘s shot to cut it to 4-3 at 15:08.

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