Final: Bruins 6, Stars 3 -- In a rock'em-sock'em affair last night before a TD Garden sellout crowd of 17,565, the Bruins battered the Dallas Stars in a 6-3 triumph, engaging their Pacific Division-leading vistors in four first-period fights, including three 5-minute majors in the first four seconds of the game, which resulted in four first-period goals.
Patrice Bergeron led the way for the Bruins (30-15-7) by scoring a pair of goals, giving him 3-1--4 totals in his last three games. Bergeron's first tally came at 1:20, on the heels of Milan Lucic's opening goal at :35. It chased Dallas goalie Andrew Raycroft from the game and prompted Stars coach Marc Crawford to go with Kari Lehtonen in goal.
Bergeron beat Lehtonen as well, tallying at 9:35 of the first period to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead. Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton, who came to the defense of bloodied linemate Gregory Campbell by engaging Krsytofer Barch in a toe-to-toe bout two seconds into the game, landed a blow with his hockey stick when he tallied his eighth goal of the season at 16:01 to give the Bruins a 4-0 lead.
The Stars got one back in the second period when Karlis Skratstins tallied at 10:36, then made it interesting in the third period when they pulled within 4-3 on a shorthanded score by Brenden Morrow at :45 and an even-strength tally by Brad Richards at 3:33.
Tyler Seguin gave the Bruins breathing room with his tally at 5:31 and Brad Marchand added an insurance goal at 17:40 to seal it.
Bruins 5, Stars 3, 5:31 -- It's OK to exhale now. Rookie Tyler Seguin just scored his eighth goal of the season to give the Bruins a little breathing room after allowing the Stars to score back-to-back goals. Sequin wheeled-and-dealed from the top of the right circle on a puck that was dug out of the boards by Blake Wheeler.
Bruins 4, Stars 3, 3:33 -- OK, now this one is officially a seat squirmer for the Garden sellout crowd of 17,565. Brad Richards tallied his 21st goal of the season from the right circle after converting a point-to-point pass from Loui Eriksson, his second assist of the night.
Bruins 4, Stars 2, :45 -- Uh-oh. Brenden Morrow halves Boston's lead with his shorthanded goal 45 seconds into the period. Morrow roofed his 22d goal of the season from the top of the slot. Let's see if the Bruins have enough fight in them to bring it home.
Bruins 4, Stars 1, 11:21 -- Under the provisions of NHL Rule 48, which was instituted in the wake of the concussion Marc Savard suffered last year at the hands of Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke, Daniel Paille was sent off for a 5-minute major and match penalty for his headshot on Dallas' Raymond Sawada. Paille leveled Sawada with a crunching blindside hit in which Paille's elbow caught Sawada in the head.
Bruins 4, Stars 1, 10:36 -- Karlis Skrastins breaks up Tuukka Rask's bid for his second shutout of the season when he tallied from the slot, converting a centering pass from Adam Burish.
Bruins 4, Stars 0 -- Forty seconds after Zdeno Chara and Steve Ott were sent off to serve 10-minute misconduct penalties, Adam McQuaid appeared to tally Boston's fifth goal of the night, but it was nullified by an interference call on Blake Wheeler. But the Bruins managed to kill off the penalty, leaving Dallas 0-for-2 on the power play.
Bruins 4, Stars 0, 16:01 -- Proving he can land a blow with his hockey stick as well as his fist, Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton let fly of a hard slapper from the right point that beat Lehtonen top shelf on the glove side. Thornton converted his eighth goal of the season, carrying the puck across the neutral zone after taking it off the stick of Daniel Paille (assist) at mid-ice.
Bruins 3, Stars 0, 9:35 -- Patrice Bergeron tallies his second goal of the game and 19th of the season, giving him one against each Dallas goalie, after he beat Kari Lehtonen on a strong net rush, converting a centering pass from Brad Marchand. Mark Recchi was credited with a secondary assist. If the Bruins conveyed any kind of message with that goal, it seemed to be, ``Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, and drive home safely.''
Bruins 2, Stars 0, 1:20 -- The Bruins continued the onslaught on Andrew Raycroft when Patrice Bergeron tallies on an assist from Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi. Bergeron's 18th goal of the season, giving him three points in the last three games, was enough to convince Dallas coach Marc Crawford to switch goalies, pulling Raycroft for Kari Lehtonen.
Bruins 1, Stars 0, :35 -- After a rock'em-sock'em start that saw the Bruins engage the Stars in three fights in the first four seconds of the game, Milan Lucic tallied his 21st goal of the season to give the Bs' a 1-0 lead just 35 seconds into the game. It caused the Garden to erupt in a roar louder than those that reverberated through the buidling when, one second into the game, Gregory Campbell threw down with Steve Ott. Evidently, Campbell had some unfinished business to attend to after Ott leveled him with a cheap shot (elbow to the head) when Campbell was in Florida. Campbell got the worst of it in his scrap with Ott and went off with a bloody nose. When play resumed, Shawn Thornton took matters into his own balled fists and went toe-to-toe with Krsytofer Barch. Thornton pummeled Barch with no less than 16 overhand rights much to the delight of the crowd. Two seconds. Two fights. Two seconds later, Adam McQuaid dropped the gloves with Brian Sutherby and dropped the Stars' centerman with a sledgehammer of a right hand. Four seconds, three fighting majors.