Claude Julien didn't understand why Dan Boyle wasn't called for high-sticking on Petteri Nokelainen. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
For the first time this season, the Bruins lost by more than two goals, taking an uppercut to the chin in the third period from the powerful Sharks.
"If you lose to a good team, it's a loss you can take if you played hard," said Andrew Ference. "The disappointing thing is having a lead and not continuing what you're good at. That doesn't sit well. It's one thing if a team takes it to you and scores good goals. It's another thing if you don't feel 100 percent with your game. There are plenty of losses when you can look at yourself as a team and say you gave it all you've got. But we definitely got away from what makes us effective in the third."
* Claude Julien was told by referees Chris Rooney and Don Van Massenhoven that neither of them saw Dan Boyle clip Petteri Nokelainen with a high stick. Julien said the referees believed a puck struck Nokelainen.
* Julien on the fading PP, which went 0 for 5 (including a 49-second two-man advantage): "I don't think we're moving the puck with enough authority, not moving around quick enough, and definitely not strong enough on the puck. You've got to work the PK. Those three things aren't happening right now. So our power play is certainly not helping us right now. We've been good for most of the year, but the last little while, we haven't been on."
* The Bruins practice tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at Ristuccia Arena.
STICK SALUTE: Milan Lucic. Scores two first-period goals and leads the Bruins with five hits.
SIN BIN: Both PP units. Nothing resembling danger for the San Jose PK.