Dallas Stars: Boston Bruins

Former teammates Kane, Seguin reunite

November, 9, 2013
11/09/13
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DALLAS -- Tyler Seguin had one of his biggest fans opposing him Saturday night when the Dallas Stars faced off against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Try the reigning Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane, who led the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks into American Airlines Center, where he was reunited with Seguin, who is emerging in his first season with the Stars.

Kane and Seguin were teammates during last season's NHL lockout, playing together in Switzerland for EHC Biel. Kane took great appreciation for Seguin's game, so he's not surprised that the 21-year-old -- acquired by Dallas in a blockbuster offseason trade -- has 15 points in 16 games to lead the Stars along with captain Jamie Benn.

“[Tyler's] a great player,” Kane said after Saturday's morning skate at the AAC. “When you play with him, he has every tool in the book as far as skill-wise. When I played with him, I thought he was the best player I ever played with over in Switzerland. It shows what he can do. He has tremendous speed. He has a great shot. He can play the game very well offensively, and he’s very smart too. I’m happy for him that he’s gotten off to this start.”

Seguin draws comparisons to Kane because both were high draft picks -- Kane first overall in 2007 and Seguin second overall by Boston in 2010 -- and because both have reputations for having a little too much fun at times.

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Boston Bruins sign ex-Star Marty Turco

March, 5, 2012
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The Boston Bruins have signed ex-Star goalie Marty Turco. Boston backup Tuuka Rask is out 4-6 weeks with a lower abdomen/groin strain. Turco has to clear waivers and won't be eligible for the playoffs.

Here's an excerpt from the Bruins' release on the signing:
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed goaltender Marty Turco to a one-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed at this time.

Turco will be placed on waivers and if he clears waivers, he will join the Bruins on Wednesday, March 7. Please also note that if he does clear waivers, he will not be eligible to play in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs should the Bruins qualify, as he is joining the club after the Trade Deadline.

The full release is here.
Dallas Stars defenseman Philip Larsen left Saturday's game against the Boston Bruins in the third period with a lower-body injury.

His return is questionable.

Stars excited about big crowd, Bruins

December, 31, 2011
12/31/11
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DALLAS -- It's New Year's Eve, the defending Stanley Cup champions are in town and a big crowd is expected at American Airlines Center.

"These are the games you really want to play in," said Stars captain Brenden Morrow, who won't allow a wonky left knee to keep him from lacing up the skates tonight.

Morrow admitted that he and others probably took the large crowds that used to fill AAC (and Reunion Arena before that) for granted.

"When there are this many fans here, you want to play well and you want to get them back," Morrow said. "If we win the game, that leaves a long-term memory for fans or a highlight-reel goal. So you want to play well in this one."

Boston is tied for third in the NHL in points (second in the East), but are first in points percentage. They are at or near the top most of the key offensive and defensive categories. For example, they are first in goals scored (3.47), first in goals against (1.85), first in goal differential (+1.62 per game...second place is Detroit at +1.00).

Tim Thomas will start in nets for the Bruins and is the defending Vezina Trophy winner. He's got a 1.84 goals against average, third in the NHL, and is second in save percentage at .943.

"I look at that team and the funny thing is -- and I don't mean anything by this -- they don't do anything special, but they do everything really well," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "To find a weakness on our scouting report paper, we had to make one up this morning. They are a solid team. You look at the goals against, penalty kill, 5-on-5 game, team toughness and team speed, they have everything. That's why they won last year. It's a really good measure for us as a team that's trying to develop an identity."

Stars 21st in ESPN Power Rankings

November, 28, 2011
11/28/11
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The Dallas Stars are 21st in this week's ESPN NHL Power Rankings, down from 13th one week ago.

Scott Burnside, who put together this week's rankings, offers this take on the Stars:
The Stars have a new owner; now they have to find the success that has escaped them in the past month. The Stars have won just two of nine games -- a streak that is threatening to undo all of the good work done out of the gate -- and it doesn't get any easier with Kari Lehtonen on injured reserve.

Boston is No. 1 in this week's rankings, followed by Detroit, Pittsburgh, San Jose and the New York Rangers. The complete rankings are here.


It was a long offseason for Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas. It always is when your team misses the playoffs. And Robidas and the Stars have missed the playoffs three straight years. But the veteran defenseman and some of his teammates are back in town and the anticipation level is high after an offseason of changes that included the signing of several free agents and the hiring of Glen Gulutzan as head coach.

“I’m very excited. Marc Crawford has been very good for me and the team, but I think everybody is excited. We haven’t made the playoffs for three years now. We want to get off to a fresh start,” Robidas said after a recent skate in Frisco. “[The coaching staff] has new ideas and a new philosophy. Not that the other ones weren’t good enough, but it’s a fresh start for everybody.”

While the Stars added seven new players via free agency, which is almost one-third of the roster, Robidas pointed out that many key players from last season remain.

“If you look at the core players, most of the core is still here. That’s a good thing,” said Robidas. “You’ve got a guy like Jamie Benn who has another year under his belt and you’ve got a couple of young defensemen who got another year last year. Everybody is growing as a team. Personally, I am very excited with the changes and I can’t wait to start the season.”

One of those changes comes on defense with the addition of Sheldon Souray, a guy Robidas knows pretty well from his days with the Montreal Canadiens. The two were paired together in Montreal and were a defensive pairing in the 2009 NHL-Star Game in Montreal as well. Robidas said he expects Souray, who spent last season in the AHL, to be highly motivated this season.

“I think it’s a great addition. He’s a good player and he’s a really good guy. He brings a lot to the table,” said Robidas. “Last year was a tough year for him. He wants to prove himself. I’ve talked to him and he’s really excited to come back, having another chance. I think he’ll be a great addition to our team.

“Great shot. He brings some toughness. He’s a big guy, size-wise. He brings something we really didn’t have last year. That’s always a plus when you can add something that’s missing. When you build a puzzle you don’t want all the same piece, you need different pieces and I think he’s another piece of the puzzle.”

The veteran Stars defenseman believes the team added a lot of other pieces during the offseason. Besides Souray the Stars signed forwards Michael Ryder, Vernon Fiddler, Radek Dvorak, Jake Dowell and Eric Godard and defenseman Adam Pardy. While the Stars lost a top end player in Brad Richards, Robidas said the offseason moves helped make the Stars a deeper, more balanced team.

“If you look at our identity, we want to be a team that is hard to play against. If you look at all the signings we had this summer they all fit the role,” said Robidas. “I think we have a lot more depth. It’s established players in the NHL. They know their role; they’ve been doing it for years.”

Robidas said if you want to see an example of the importance of depth just look at last season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Boston Bruins.

“They beat Vancouver, who was supposed to be the best team. But I think [the Bruins] won with their depth,” Robidas said. “Obviously their goalie made a big difference, but if you look down the line they had four lines going. They had really good players, but they didn’t have that superstar. [Zdeno] Chara is a big, strong guy but there is no Sedins or stuff like that. They all played the right way, they played the system. That’s their identity. I think that’s the identity we want to have.

”I don’t want to live in the past, but we want to get back to that whole mentality. I’m not saying that we are going to play defense and sit back. We are going to be aggressive and upbeat. We’re not going to get pushed around. We are going to be able to match up well with the bigger teams. That’s a big plus if you look at our division, especially. You play Anaheim, San Jose, L.A. and Phoenix. They are all big teams. We added some size and some grit. Like I said, I am very excited with the new acquisitions.”

Friday morning tidbits

May, 13, 2011
5/13/11
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Another great game between the San Jose Sharks and the Detroit Red Wings last night, and the Sharks win 3-2 to take Game 7 and move on to the Western Conference Final against Vancouver.

ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun has the game story here.

Was it the best series ever? Best one I can remember watching, and I’ve been watching for a long time. It definitely was the closest, with six of the games being decided by one goal and the one that wasn’t was a two-goal game due to a late empty net tally.

Mike Modano was a healthy scratch Thursday night, and it could mark the end of his NHL career.

The Conference Finals start Saturday.

The schedule is here.

Scott Burnside previews the Shark-Canucks .

Burnside looks at the Bruins-Lightning here.

Paille reaches out to Sawada

February, 6, 2011
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Bruins forward Daniel Paille has called Stars forward Raymond Sawada to talk about the hit in Thursday's game that left Sawada with a shoulder injury and broken nose and Paille sitting out four games due to an suspension.

James Murphy of ESPNBoston.com has the details here.

Quotable: Ference on the Paille hit

February, 4, 2011
2/04/11
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Here's a quote from Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference on the hit Bruins forward Daniel Paille put on Stars forward Ray Sawada in Thursday night's game. Paille was given a major penalty for an illegal shot to the head and will be facing a possible suspension. Sawada didn't return to the game and is listed as having an upper body injury.
"I mean it’s a bad hit, right? That’s what they’re trying to get rid of and you can’t be hypocritical about it when it happens to you, and say it’s fine when your teammate does it. It’s a hit they’re trying to get rid of. I mean you hear it from every player after they do it, they feel bad, and same thing, I talked to Danny and he feels bad. It’s tough, that backchecking forward, to make those kind of hits, it’s so hard to do it in a clean fashion, with the new rules. It is what it is. He hurt the guy, and I’m sure he’ll have a conversation."

Here's the hit:

Postgame observations

February, 4, 2011
2/04/11
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Some thoughts and observations after the Stars lost 6-3 at Boston Thursday night.

A dismal start. Needless to say, but I’ll say it anyway – the Stars were rattled and on their heels early in this game. The three fights right off the bat obviously energized the building and the Bruins got some momentum off that. The Stars were a mess defensively and Boston took advantage by scoring two quick goals. Another fight and two more goals added up to a disastrous first 20 minutes for the Stars. Too big a disaster for them to overcome.

Give them some credit. The Stars deserve some credit for plugging away to make a game of it. They could have folded the tent, but they didn’t. Despite being down to nine forwards and using basically seven of them, they chipped away and got it to 4-3 early in the third period. Of course, the Tyler Seguin goal that made it 5-3 was a real killer. Looked like it caught Kari Lehtonen off guard. Getting nothing on that 5:00 power play in the second period didn’t help either. The power play is slumping and it’s one of the reasons the Stars are in this 1-4-0 slide.

Tough night for Raycroft. It was another rough start for Andrew Raycroft, who lasted 1:20 and was pulled after allowing two goals on two shots. I was surprised he got pulled, but Marc Crawford needed to do something. It’s tough for Raycroft, who could have used a solid outing after giving up seven goals on 19 shots in his last start, which was that 7-4 loss at Calgary just before the All-Star break.

The injury bug. After going most of the season without many injury issues, it’s starting to become a concern now. Adam Burish, Krys Barch and Ray Sawada all left the game with injuries Thursday night. All are officially listed as upper body, but they would all appear to be primarily above the neck. Barch and Burish were injured in fights and Sawada got hit in the head by Daniel Paille, who should be getting suspended. It’s a no-brainer. That was a textbook example of what the league is trying to get out of the game. As for the injuries, updates are expected in the morning. Expect Travis Morin to return to the team and some reinforcements from Austin.

Going forward. We’ll see how they respond Saturday in Philadelphia. They’ve lost four of five games, they are banged up and it will be a big test. The Flyers are one of the best teams in the league and have won 11 of 14 games. Over the course of a long season there a lot of ups and downs. The Stars are facing some adversity right now. It’s going to be interesting to see how they handle it.

Rough night in Boston

February, 3, 2011
2/03/11
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The Dallas Stars have made a habit of running over Eastern Conference teams this season. They didn’t run over the Boston Bruins Thursday night. The Bruins blitzed the Stars early, building a 4-0 first period lead and then sustained a late rally to beat Dallas 6-3 in a fight filled contest.

It was the Stars’ fourth loss in five games. And the Stars lost more than just the game. They also lost forwards Krys Barch and Adam Burish, who sustained injuries in fights. Forward Ray Sawada was lost as well, the victim of a hit to the head by Boston forward Daniel Paille, who received a major penalty and should be looking at a suspension.

The game featured four fights, including three in the first four seconds of the game. It started with Steve Ott leaving Boston’s Gregory Campbell bloodied in a scrap right after the opening faceoff. After the next faceoff it was Krys Barch vs. Shawn Thornton. The next puck drop saw Brian Sutherby square off against Adam McQuaid.

“I haven’t seen it (three fights to start a game),” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “It’s funny because it’s two teams that don’t see each other very much and it just goes to show that you can’t ever take anything for granted, that’s for sure.”

“[The Ott-Campbell fight] may go back a long time,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “I think they know each other from juniors. And then from then on I think it was just defending your team and a little bit of chest thumping.”

Said McQuaid: “We knew they were a physical team and we wanted to show weren’t going to back down. We got things started there and it went from there.”

The fights got the Boston crowd into it, and the Bruins responded with two quick goals to put the Stars on their heels.

“I think you use those things to create momentum and whether they had it up in the first, second or third, who knows,” said Morrow. “Fights come and they can go either way, we just made some bad decisions and gave up some odd number rushes. The crowd was into it. We were just as excited as they were; we were just a little more reckless.”

Just 35 seconds into the game and 31 seconds after the third fight, Milan Lucic scored off an odd-man rush to give Boston a 1-0 lead. Forty-five seconds later the Bruins were up 2-0 after Brad Marchand slipped a pass to Patrice Bergeron, who was open in front of the Dallas net and tapped the puck past Stars goalie Andrew Raycroft. That was the end of the night for Raycroft, who was replaced by Kari Lehtonen.

Another goal by Bergeron and one by Thornton and it was a 4-0 game by late in the first period.

“They came at us hard. They deserved that lead that they got,” said Morrow. I think we were a little reckless.”

The Stars chipped away at the lead, getting a goal in the second period by Karlis Skrastins to make it a 4-1 game.

After Paille was given a match penalty for the hit on Sawada, the Stars had a five minute power play but couldn’t cut into the Boston lead.

Morrow scored shorthanded 45 seconds into the third to make it 4-2 and Brad Richards made it 4-3 with a goal of the rush 3:33 into the final period.

But less than two minutes later, the Bruins extended the lead to 5-3 when rookie Tyler Seguin scored off a shot from the right circle that seemed to surprise Lehtonen. Marchand scored into an empty net to make it a 6-3 final.

“We battled hard and got in it. The fifth goal, that’s a tough one,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “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.”

Injury notes

The Stars were down to nine forwards by the end of the game.

*Krys Barch played one second of one shift. He left the game after apparently suffering an eye injury in a fight with Boston’s Shawn Thornton just two seconds into the game. According to the Stars television broadcast, he went to the hospital to get checked out.

*Adam Burish was hit hard in a fight with Andrew Ference later in the first period, stayed the game despite some severe swelling around his eye but eventually left the game. The Stars television broadcast said he went to the hospital to get checked out.

*Ray Sawada left the game after taking a hit to the head from Boston forward Daniel Paille. The official word on Sawada is an upper body injury.

Updates on all three players are expected Friday.

A short night for Raycroft

Stars goalie Andrew Raycroft did not last long in Thursday night’s game. He was pulled 1:20 in after allowing two goals on two shots.

“I thought that he didn’t have a very good outing the last game so we had a short leash on him and the first two shots go in,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “We just felt that it was time to make a change. He’s battled real well this year and it’s unfortunate. You wish you didn’t have to do tough things for people but I’m charged with those decisions and I thought it was the right decision.”

In his last start, Raycroft allowed seven goals on 19 shots in a loss at Calgary.

Bruins beat Stars 6-3

February, 3, 2011
2/03/11
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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.

Quotable

“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

Notes

*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.

First period

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.

Second period

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.

Third period

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.

Stars lineup

Neal-Richards-Eriksson
Morrow-Ribeiro-Langenbrunner
Ott-Burish-Sawada
Sutherby-Gagnon-Barch

Grossman-Robidas
Woywitka-Daley
Skrastins-Niskanen

Raycroft
Lehtonen

Scratches: None

Injured: Fistric (ill), Morin (ill), Benn (shoulder), Wandell (shoulder), Petersen (leg)

Power play units

Langenbrunner-Ribeiro-Morrow-Robidas-Richards
Eriksson-Ott-Neal-Niskanen-Richards
Gagnon-Richards-Neal-Niskanen-Daley

Penalty kill units

Ott-Eriksson-Skrastins-Robidas
Burish-Gagnon-Skrastins-Robidas
Ribeiro-Morrow-Grossman-Daley
Burish-Eriksson-Skrastins-Daley

Stars set to square off against best of East

February, 3, 2011
2/03/11
12:25
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The Dallas Stars continue their run of games against other top teams out of the All-Star break with a two-game road trip against two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference – Boston and Philadelphia .

You can call the games - at Boston on Thursday and at Philadelphia on Saturday - tests or measuring sticks, but the focus of the Stars is primarily to get points as they try to maintain their spot atop the Pacific Division and remain in a solid spot as far as playoff positioning.

“These are measuring sticks, but in the same instance they are point games,” said forward Steve Ott. “We need to continue to get points to hold our spot and continue to get better and to improve our power play and penalty kill. It gives us a big chance against these guys.”

Special teams were a killer in the Stars’ first game out of the break, a 4-1 loss to Vancouver Tuesday night at American Airlines Center. The Canucks are top the team in the Western Conference and in the NHL with 71 points.

The Bruins, who have won eight of their last eleven games, lead the Northeast Division. The Flyers are the top team in the East and rank second in the NHL to the Canucks.

“You can’t get too high if you win them and you can’t too high if you lose them. They are tests for right now, but when they are done we’ll have other tests as we go,” said Stars center Brad Richards. “The test is trying to get wins. We’ve been good on the road, so let’s get back at it.”

The Stars have been good against the Eastern Conference as well. They are 11-2-1 overall, including 4-1-1 against the current playoff teams in the East.

“We’ve played well against top teams, especially top teams in the East. We beat the division leaders and the top teams in that conference,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “Hopefully we’ll continue that mastery over the Eastern teams.”

While it can be pointed out that these two games will be good tests for the Stars, Crawford pointed out that his team will provide a good test for the Bruins and the Flyers. The Stars are, after all, a top team too, ranking third in the West and are seventh overall in the league standings.

“From their perspective, I think they’ve got to be looking at us and saying, hey that’s a pretty good club over there. They’ve got a tough opponent,” Crawford said. “We know we respect the Philadelphia Flyers, we respect the Boston Bruins and all the strengths that they have. I also think they are going to show a little bit of respect for us.”

Lights out

As practice was winding down for the Stars in Frisco Wednesday the lights went out at the Dr. Pepper Star Center. It was part of the rotating power outages in the area due to the severe weather.

The players stayed on the ice for a while, skating in the darkened arena and then started to head off the ice.

“It’s been a difficult couple of days,” said forward Steve Ott. “There was the travel to the American Airlines Center (Tuesday) and then today with the lights going out on us.”

Notes

*Defenseman Mark Fistric, who missed Tuesday’s game due to illness, practiced on Wednesday. He could be ready to return on Thursday.

*Stars coach Marc Crawford said he plans to start Andrew Raycroft in goal on Thursday against Boston and then go with Kari Lehtonen Saturday in Philadelphia.

*The Stars recalled right wing Ray Sawada from the Texas Stars of the AHL. Sawada has 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) and a plus-6 rating in 36 games with Texas this season.

Stars-Bruins Preview

February, 2, 2011
2/02/11
11:29
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Dallas Stars at Boston Bruins
Thursday February 3
6:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK

About the Stars

The Stars lost their first game out of the All-Star break, falling 4-1 to the Vancouver Canucks at American Airlines Center on Tuesday. The Stars were 0-5 on the power play in the game and gave up two power play goals and one shorthanded goal.

“We knew what to expect with the special teams and we came up short again tonight,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “Against this team it’s reoccurring. Our penalty kill hasn’t been strong, we gave up a shorthanded goal and our power play could have gotten us into the game and it came up short.”

The Stars are 1-3-0 over their last four games with two of the losses coming to Vancouver.

Andrew Raycroft is expected to start in goal for the Stars on Thursday.

The Stars have recalled forward Ray Sawada from the Texas Stars (AHL).

Injuries: D Mark Fistric (illness) is questionable. F Travis Morin (illness) is out. F Jamie Benn (shoulder), F Tom Wandell (shoulder) and F Toby Petersen (leg) are out.

About the Bruins

The Bruins won their first game out of the break, beating Carolina 3-2. Nathan Horton and Patrice Bergeron scored third period goals that turned a 1-1 game into a 3-1 Boston lead.

"We found a way to win against a hungry team that's battling to get into a playoff spot," said Boston goalie Tim Thomas, who made 24 saves. "They played good, and we played pretty good defensively but weren't getting too much started. We went into the third and found a way to win."

The Bruins are 8-3-0 in their last 11 games.

Injuries: C Marc Savard (concussion) is out.

Series Notes

*This is the first and only meeting between the two teams this season.

*The Bruins won last season’s meeting, shutting out the Stars 3-0 in Dallas.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 11-2-1 against Eastern Conference teams this season.

*The Bruins are 2-4-2 against the Western Conference.

*The Bruins lead the league in goals against average (2.14).

*The Stars are 1-15 on the power play over the last four games.

*The Bruins are 1-11 on the power play over the last four games.

*The Stars are 7-14 on the penalty kill over the last four games.

*Stars goalie Andrew Raycroft has a 4-0-0 record, 0.74 goals against average and .974 save percentage against Eastern Conference opponents this season.

*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has 22 points (8 goals, 14 assists) in his last 20 games.

*Bruins forwards Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand both have four goals over the last six games.

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