Series (Game 1 of 1)

San Jose leads 1-0

Game 1: Tuesday, January 10th

Sharks 6

(19-16-5, 43 pts)

Bruins 2

(16-20-6, 38 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 10, 2006

TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

1 2 3 T
SJ 2 3 16
BOS 1 0 12

P. Marleau (Sharks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

N. Ekman (Sharks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 3

J. Langfeld (Sharks - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

San Jose (18-16-5) at Boston (16-19-6) 7:00 pm EST

San Jose (18-16-5) at Boston (16-19-6) 7:00 pm EST

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Joe Thornton was the face of the Boston Bruins franchise for the better part of a decade. On Tuesday, Thornton returns to TD Banknorth Garden to face his former team for the first time when the San Jose Sharks visit the Bruins.

In what was viewed by some as a panic move, Boston made shockwaves throughout the hockey world by trading Thornton to San Jose on November 30 for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and defenseman Brad Stuart.

A three-time All-Star center, Thornton was leading the Bruins in scoring at the time of the deal. However, team management felt that a trade was necessary to shake up a Boston squad which had dropped nine of 10 at the time.

Boston has actually improved its record since the trade, posting an 8-6-1 mark over that span.

The Bruins exploded for five unanswered goals Saturday en route to a 6-3 triumph over the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Rookie defenseman Milan Jurcina tallied twice while P.J. Axelsson registered a goal and an assist for Boston, which has won three of its last four.

Meanwhile, the Sharks have won 10 of 15 since acquiring Thornton and have climbed back into postseason contention in the Western Conference.

Thornton has six goals and 20 assists already in his short tenure with San Jose. He registered an assist Saturday to extend his points streak to five games as the Sharks rallied for a 3-2 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings.

Scott Thornton tallied twice and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 27 shots in the contest for San Jose, which has scored a total of 14 goals during its three-game winning streak.