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Three takeaways: Bruins-Stars

Posted by Bruins Daily Staff  November 5, 2013 11:30 PM

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Tyler Seguin's shootout goal was huge, as Seguin helped his new team beat his former team 3-2 in the shootout. Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily.

Brad Marchand plays best game of the season

It’s been a tough start to the 2013-14 season for Brad Marchand, that’s no secret. Heading into Tuesday’s matchup with the Dallas Stars Marchand was in the middle of a difficult stretch. With just four points in 13 games, Marchand knew things had to change.

You won’t find his name on the score sheet, but Marchand had by far his best game of the season as the fourth year forward was all over the ice tonight. If luck was on his side No. 63 would have had a goal or two.

It was certainly a step in the right direction for Marchand as he looks to get himself back on track.

“Yeah for sure. Everything’s not just going to go right in one night” said Marchand. “It’s a slow process and you’ve got to make sure you stay positive through it all but hopefully I can get it back on track here soon.”

Marchand had three shots on goal in 16:07 of ice time as he finally seemed comfortable with his game. It was a good sign to see as the Bruins really could use Marchand to start chipping in offensively.

Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley come back to haunt Bruins

Through 65 minutes of play, the Bruins did an excellent job keeping their former teammates quiet; unfortunately in the shootout Tuukka Rask couldn’t do much of the same. Seguin and Peverley accounted for the only two goals the Stars would score in the shootout.

The shootout goal was not only Peverley’s first of the season, it was also his first attempt of the young 2013-14 campaign.

“I think we’ve been in a couple, but I hadn’t been used” said Peverley. “I’ve been a decent shootout guy in the past, so it was nice to get another opportunity. We’ve got some pretty good guys on our side too. Tyler [Seguin] is obviously one of the best in the league. So, to get a chance after was good.”

We all know how dangerous Seguin is in the shootout from his time in Boston, but his goal on Rask was something different. Normally we Seguin use his speed and gifted hands to find the back of the net, but this time we saw a slower Seguin use his shot to whistle one past Rask.

Good to see Eriksson back in game action

After missing the previous five games due to a concussion via John Scott, Loui Eriksson returned to action just in time for a date with his former team. Eriksson was a bit rusty, but that’s expected from a guy who just came back from a concussion.

Eriksson was inserted right back into his normal position alongside Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron as the line combined for 13 shots on goal.

“We got a lot of shots there in the beginning of the game and if you get a few goals there, we’re in a better position but we didn’t and they came back after that ten minutes, they came back and played good, and we didn’t play our game and we stopped playing, so it was bad.”


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