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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Boston center Carl Soderberg's sixth goal of the season was the only offense in a 1-0 Bruins victory on Saturday night as the San Jose Sharks lost in regulation at home for only the second time this season.

Soderberg broke a scoreless tie 12:25 into the third period by tapping a pinballing puck past Sharks goalie Antti Niemi after left winger Loui Eriksson's attempt bounced off the leg of San Jose defenseman Scott Hannan right to an open Soderberg.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask turned away all 25 Sharks shots for his fifth shutout of the season and the 21st of his career. It was a goaltending duel throughout between two Finns who will be teammates next month during the Olympic Games at Sochi.

The Bruins, winless during their first two stops in California on the trip, didn't give the Sharks much all night. San Jose had only one power play, and it came early in the first period.

Boston swept the two-game season series, which included a 2-1 win on Oct. 24 when the Bruins snapped a 1-1 tie with a goal in the final second of regulation.

San Jose's only other home loss in its first 21 games occurred Nov. 7 against Vancouver.

The game was scoreless through two periods as a lot of the action was on the boards with both teams working hard to establish a forecheck. The Sharks held an 18-16 edge in shots after 40 minutes, but the Bruins enjoyed a 7-6 advantage in the second period.

Rask was tested more than Niemi in the opening 40 minutes. Rask stopped San Jose left winger Joe Pavelski in close after center Joe Thornton fed his linemate with a pretty pass from behind the net at 8:15.

Thornton had missed the previous shift when a Pavelski high shot from the left point glanced off the bridge of Thornton's nose.

The Bruins nearly broke through on a power play when Hannan held Boston right winger Milan Lucic. But center Patrice Bergeron's turnaround shot from the slot struck the right goal post with 6:50 remaining in the period.

The teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first period. The Sharks had the better of territorial advantage and outshot the Bruins 12-9.

San Jose had the only power play of the period as Soderberg was sent off for boarding at 2:20.

The Sharks managed only one shot -- left winger Matt Nieto denied on a jam effort by Rask in close -- during the power play.

Rask made a couple other key stops in the period, cradling a Pavelski redirect off right winger Brent Burns' shot at 6:35 and a pad save of defenseman Jason Demers after a giveaway by left winger Shawn Thornton at 13:05.

NOTES: RW Shawn Thornton returned to the Boston lineup on Saturday after having served a 15-game suspension stemming from a Dec. 7 incident with Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik. In other moves, LW Loui Eriksson was activated off of IR after also missing 15 games (concussion). LW Justin Florek was assigned to Providence of the AHL. ... D Johnny Boychuk missed Saturday's game after returning to the Boston area as his wife is expecting twins. RW Matt Fraser and RW Jordan Caron did not dress for Boston. ... San Jose D Matt Irwin (upper body) missed his second straight game and is day to day. RW Raffi Torres (knee), RW Adam Burish (back), LW Martin Havlat (lower body) and LW Tomas Hertl (knee) remain on IR. ... LW James Sheppard and D Matt Tennyson were healthy scratches. ... The Sharks embark on a three-game road trip starting Tuesday in Washington. ... The Bruins return home for a game on Tuesday night against Toronto before heading out to play four of the next five on the road.
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