Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask makes a sliding save on a shot during the third period. Rask made 38 saves in the game. (Mary Schwalm / Associated Press)
Boston — David Krejci thought there were a few seconds left before overtime.
He was surprised when he saw how close it was.
Krejci tipped in a shot with eight-tenths of a second left in the third period to lift Boston to a 2-1 win over San Jose on Thursday night, sending the Sharks to their first regulation loss of the season.
“Actually I thought there might be more than 10 seconds, maybe 15, 20 seconds left,” he said, breaking into a smile. “When we scored it, Luc (Milan Lucic) said, ‘Look up.’ I looked up and it was .8. It was even sweeter.”
Jarome Iginla scored his first goal with the Bruins (7-2) and goaltender Tuukka Rask was outstanding, making 38 saves.
“I was pretty excited to get my first in a Bruins’ uniform and to get it at home, get it in a tough game, and to get it unexpectedly,” Iginla said. “It’s kind of like you throw it at the net and ‘Wow.’ That was cool.”
The Sharks dominated the Bruins for most of the night until Krejci sent the fans to the streets happy.
Patrick Marleau had San Jose’s goal, his eighth of the season. Antti Niemi stopped 15 shots.
Krejci, positioned in the slot, tipped Adam McQuaid’s shot from the point between Niemi’s pads for the winner.
Sabres enforcer John Scott was suspended indefinitely by NHL officials Thursday for a blindside hit to the head that leveled Bruins forward Loui Eriksson in Buffalo’s 5-2 loss a day earlier. And, Patrick Kaleta’s appeal to reduce his 10-game suspension was denied by commissioner Gary Bettman.
... Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward will miss three to four weeks because of a lower-body injury that forced him out of the game at Minnesota just minutes after the faceoff.
... Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne will miss at least four weeks after he has another procedure on his surgically repaired hip to clear up an infection. Team officials said Rinne was set for arthroscopic surgery later in the day. Carter Hutton takes over in goal for Nashville.
... Defenseman Olli Maatta, 19, is sticking with the Penguins rather than returning to juniors. He has one goal and two assists while averaging around 15 minutes of ice time. Pittsburgh also recalled forward Jayson Megna from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL and placed forward Beau Bennett on injured reserve.
... Defenseman Morgan Rielly, 19, is staying with the Maple Leafs rather than returning to the Moose Jaw Warriors.