SAN JOSE -– Tommy Wingels, Tyler Kennedy and Joe Pavelski each scored twice, and the Sharks erased an early two-goal deficit to beat the Boston Bruins on Thursday night at SAP Center, 7-4.
The Sharks concluded a six-game homestand with a 3-1-2 mark, after losing the first three. For the first time this season they have won three straight in regulation, including victories over Philadelphia on Tuesday and Anaheim last Saturday.
The teams combined for six goals in a hectic second period, resulting in a 4-4 deadlock after 40 minutes.
The Sharks erased a 2-0 hole to tie it. On their first shift of the middle frame, Marc-Edouard Vlasic snapped one towards the net that was deflected by Wingels just 27 seconds after the faceoff.
Kennedy, playing after a two-game absence due to a lower body injury, tied it with a little bit of luck. An innocent James Sheppard backhand from a bad angle hit Kennedy’s skate and found room past Tuukka Rask at the three-minute mark.
The Sharks took their first lead courtesy of Wingels’ second goal on the power play. After battling hard with Dougie Hamilton in front of the net, Wingels floated out to between the circles and again tipped one through, this one off of the stick of Matt Irwin at 7:30.
Boston was getting outshot 11-0 in the middle frame, but still managed to regain the lead. Reilly Smith scored his second of the night from Carl Soderberg on a rush just 43 seconds after Wingels’ goal, and the Bruins went ahead 4-3 when Brad Marchand faked Justin Braun out of his skates and found Torey Krug in the high slot. The Bruins’ defenseman set his feet and let fly with a wrist shot through traffic at 12:33.
San Jose tied it again at 4-4 on the power play as Pavelski muscled to the front of the net and stayed with a Patrick Marleau centering pass to poke it over the line.
The Sharks sealed the win with three goals in the third period. Kennedy redirected a Sheppard dish at 3:02, while Pavelski barreled around Hamilton before his attempted knocked in off of Milan Lucic at 11:13 for his team-leading 12th goal.
Tomas Hertl added the exclamation point, when he got a handle on a Pavelski shot that went wide and flipped it into the open net with Rask down at 15:44.
The Bruins entered the game struggling mightily with their offense. They had scored more than two goals just once in their last 10 games, and had just 15 goals total over that span.
Boston jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period, courtesy of a couple misplays by Braun. On the opening shift, Braun left Smith alone to deposit a feed from Patrice Bergeron 29 seconds after the faceoff, and on his next shift Braun lost track of Gregory Campbell after Daniel Paille cut to the slot for a goal at 2:35.
San Jose outshot Boston for the game, 44-24, including a 24-7 advantage in the second period.
Eight different Sharks had multiple-point nights, led by Pavelski’s three (2g, 1a).
The Bruins, who beat the Sharks 5-3 at TD Garden on Oct. 21, had won three straight over San Jose.
The Sharks finished 2-for-4 on the power play. In their last seven games, they are 7-for-23 (30.4 percent).
Pavelski’s third period goal came during 4-on-4 play. The Sharks have scored three goals in that situation this season, while allowing two.
Boston went its ninth straight game without a power play goal, finishing 0-for-2. The Bruins are 0-for-16 over that span.
Niemi started all six games of the Sharks’ homestand. He made 20 saves and improved to 6-3-0 career vs. Boston.
Alex Stalock is expected to get back in for one of the two back-to-back games over the weekend. He has not played since Nov. 8 in Dallas, due in part to injury.
Rask lost for the first time in his career to San Jose (3-1-0). Five of the goals he allowed were deflected in.
Brenden Dillon assisted on Pavelski’s second goal, his first point with the Sharks.
Tye McGinn was pulled from the lineup in order to make room for Kennedy.
Logan Couture was a question mark to play after he was hit in the head in the third period against Philadelphia on Tuesday, forcing him from the game.
Boston remains without injured captain Zdeno Chara (left knee).
The Sharks will play their next 15 straight games against Western Conference opponents, beginning with a pair in Alberta this weekend. They visit the Calgary Flames on Saturday, and Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.
Edmonton visits in the second of a home-and-home to kick off a five-game Sharks homestand next Tuesday, Dec. 7.