The Dallas Stars fell behind 4-0 in the first period, rallied to within 4-3 but ended up losing 6-3 to the Boston Bruins Thursday night in a fight-filled game, that featured three scraps in the first four seconds.
It was the Stars’ fourth loss in the last five games (1-4-0).
The Stars lost three forwards in the game. Adam Burish and Krys Barch suffered injuries in fights and were taken to local hospitals to get checked out. Ray Sawada was hit in the head by Bruins forward Daniel Paille and did not return to the game. Paille was given a match penalty.
Andrew Raycroft only lasted 1:20, getting pulled after allowing two goals on two shots. Kari Lehtonen played the rest of the game and stopped 29 of 32 shots. Karlis Skrastins, Brenden Morrow and Brad Richards were the goal scorers for the Stars.
“Two years ago there was some bad blood and all that other junk gets thrown in and for some reason the game starts out that way. All in all, we shot ourselves.” – Stars forward Steve Ott.
“They deserved it. They came at us hard. They deserved that lead that they got. I think we were a little reckless.” – Stars captain Brenden Morrow.
“We battled hard and got in it. The fifth goal, that’s a tough one. They made a good play and they got it to the net and our goalie wasn’t [set]. They got it there so quickly that he didn’t have a chance to set and you’ve got to give them credit for that. But we had lots of good chances and we made a game of it. It was a battle game, it was a hard fought game, especially for a non-divisional game and our guys know that as you come down in these games towards the end of the season, they’re all going to be hard fought. I don’t imagine it’d be quite as emotional, maybe not as many fights as that but they’re all going to be emotional and everybody is striving so hard for points and points are important.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford
*The Stars have lost three straight on the road by a combined score of 20-8.
*The Stars have given up 6 goals or more in three of their last five games.
*The Stars have lost three straight games to Boston by a combined score of 14-4.
*The Stars were 0-4 on the power play Thursday and are 1-19 on the PP over their last five games.
*The Stars are now 11-3-1 against the Eastern Conference.
*Stars captain Brenden Morrow has 9 goals in the last 15 games.
*Stars forward Loui Eriksson had two assists, giving him 24 points (6 goals, 18 assists) in his last 21 games.
There were three fights in the first four seconds of the game. Steve Ott bloodied Boston’s Gregory Campbell in a scrap right off the opening faceoff. Krys Barch and Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves after the second faceoff and then it was Brian Sutherby and Adam McQuaid following the third faceoff of the game.
Then the scoring started just 35 seconds into the game when Milan Lucic scored off an odd-man rush to give Boston a 1-0 lead.
Just 45 seconds later Brad Marchand set up Patrice Bergeron, who tapped one in the net from close range to make it a 2-0 game. That was it for Stars starter Andrew Raycroft, who was replaced by Kari Lehtonen.
The Stars came close to making it a 2-1 game, but Boston goalie Tuukka Rask made a great save on James Neal’s bid from close range.
Fight number four came at the 3:51 mark and this one featured Adam Burish and Andrew Ference.
The Bruins added to their lead at the 9:35 mark when Marchand set up another goal from Bergeron to make it a 3-0 game.
Thornton made it 4-0 with 3:59 left in the first, beating Lehtonen high to glove hand with a shot off off the rush.
The Bruins appeared to make it a 5-0 game on a goal by Adam McQuaid, but the goal was waved off due to a goaltending interference call on Boston’s Blake Wheeler.
The Stars finally broke through on Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask halfway through the second period when Adam Burish dropped the puck off to Karlis Skrastins, who joined the rush and scored from the left circle at the 10:36 mark.
The Stars got a five minute power play after Daniel Paille was given a match penalty for a blow to the head on Stars forward Ray Sawada.
The Stars couldn’t take advantage of the chance though as Rask made a nice save on Aaron Gagnon and then a spectacular save on a Loui Eriksson bid off the rebound of a Stephane Robidas shot.
Stars forward Krys Barch left the game with a scratch on his eye suffered in a first period fight. He was taken to the hospital to have it checked out.
The Stars scored two quick goals in the third period to make it a 4-3 game. The Stars got a shorthanded goal 45 seconds into the period when Steve Ott set up Brenden Morrow, who scored from the slot to make it a 4-2 game.
Loui Eriksson set up a Brad Richards, who scored from the right circle off the rush at the 3:33 mark and the Stars were within one goal.
But the Bruins were able to extend the lead to 5-3 less than two minutes later when Tyler Seguin scored off a spinning shot from the right circle at the 5:31 mark.
Marchand scored a late empty-net goal to make it a 6-3 game.
Injured: Fistric (ill), Morin (ill), Benn (shoulder), Wandell (shoulder), Petersen (leg)
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