Pacific Division: Sharks tripped up to start trip



Did you hear? The San Jose Sharks are coming to Boston.

Did you hear? That means the return of former Bruins captain Joe Thornton to face his old franchise. Never mind that there are only three players on the Bruins who played with Thornton, and the front office and coaching staffs have undergone major overhauls since he was traded in November 2005. The NHL is making a big deal about this, the game will be televised nationally in the U.S. on Versus, and there’ll be a lot of Super Bowl-sized hype attached to to Tuesday night’s game at TD Banknorth Garden.

Of course, it helps that the Bruins and San Jose Sharks are the top two teams in the NHL.

But right now the Sharks have hit a rough patch. They dropped an overtime decision at Columbus, 3-2, Saturday night, as Aaron Portzline writes in the Mercury News. The loss to the Blue Jackets marked Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov’s sixth in 22 decisions against Columbus. It also started the Sharks’ longest road trip of the season off on the wrong foot. San Jose’s visit to Boston will be the second game of a five-game road trip.

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