By Dan Libon
Boston, MA – The Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars may not be rivals, but it sure seemed like they were on Thursday at the TD Garden, as the Bruins prevailed and escaped with an impressive, 6-3 win.
The game began with a “bang,” as Gregory Campbell engaged in a fight with Stars center Steve Ott. Both men have somewhat of a history with each other, which dates back to the 2009 season when Ott delivered a questionable hit on Campbell. While Campbell denies the hit from that particular season, there seemed to be no explanation for this particular action that occurred during the first few seconds of the game.
Besides Campbell and Ott’s fight, other players started hitting one another.
Shawn Thornton took on Krystofer Barch while Adam McQuaid and Brian Sutherby fought. Why this happened? Who knows, but it was certainly an interesting start to the Bruins 30th win of the season.
“The guys did a great job of stepping up, a few big fights but after something like that happens you want to show that you’re going to feed off of it,” said Brad Marchand.
“(Milan Lucic) and (David Krejci) and (Nathan Horton) did a great job of getting that first one in and really carrying us from there.”
Boston would score two quick goals in a span of 45-seconds and sent Stars goaltender Andrew Raycroft to the bench for the remainder of the game.
The momentum remained with Boston after earning two quick points, as the Bruins tallied two more goals during the first 20-minutes and only allowed one during two periods.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (30-saves) appeared somewhat relieved by the team’s early lead, which helped him remain focused and somewhat relaxed. Rask had been struggling between the pipes and his record clearly reflected his tough first half of the season, but being able to win his fourth game in net, especially against a talented Dallas team is quite an accomplishment.
“They were just putting pucks everywhere and we managed to keep it to one and that was a big thing.” Said Rask.
Rask showed off his 2010 greatness, which was exhibited last season, but can he remain consistent for the final few months of the regular season? That question won’t be answered until April, but surely, the Bruins hope he will.
Patrice Bergeron continued his got streak tonight with two goals and an assist. Bergeron almost earned a hat trick, but conceded his third goal to give Marchand the empty netter to lock up the game for the Bruins during the third period.
The Bruins will welcome a former teammate, Joe Thornton to the TD Garden on Saturday, as Boston will face the San Jose Sharks for an afternoon matinee at 1:00pm eastern.