Reborn Patrice Bergeron leads Bruins past Stars

The alternate captain has six goals and 11 assists for 17 points over his last 12 games, after registering just 18 points over his first 46 games.

Kari Lehtonen didn't stand a chance.

Bergeron has "really found his game and hopefully he stays healthy for us".

Needing to get Johnny Oduya into the game to help increase his trade value, Stars coach Lindy Ruff scratched Jamie Oleksiak. The over is 4-0 in Bruins last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and the Bruins are 6-0 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game while the over is 6-0-2 in Bruins last 8 Tuesday games.

"Every player goes through slumps", Marchand said, "but Bergy is way too good of a player not to dominate in this game".

Bergeron, who missed the season's first three games with an injury, acknowledged that after a slow start he has been feeling much more like himself since Christmas.

Forty seconds after Vatrano's goal, the B's won yet another offensive-zone draw, leading directly to yet another deflection goal.

Dallas was able to tie it up in the second before two quick goals by Boston put the game out of reach for good, snapping the Stars' two-game win "streak" with a 6-3 loss.

Third Period_7, Boston, Bergeron 16 (Marchand, Krug), 7:48.

"I've said it since I got here, those guys have some special chemistry in how they support each other and know where each other are", said Backes, whose main goal is to provide his linemates with some time and space.

Stars: Tyler Seguin lifted in his own rebound for his 22 goal of the season at 13:00 of the third period. The Sabres had built a 2-0 lead on goals from Evan Rodrigues and Jack Eichel heading to the third period in what looked like a win before the Coyotes finally got their offense going with three goals to saddle Anders Nilsson with a disappointing defeat. He said he would join the team in Boston.

There's no morning skate to confirm anything one way or the other, but after getting the night off against the Kings, expect Tuukka Rask in the B's crease. Hudler scored on a snap shot at 11:49 of the second.

"We want our forwards to attack more", Cassidy said, "get to the slot and make some plays off the goal". Bergeron and Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn became tangled in front of Lehtonen on the Bruins' fourth goal.

Dallas made it 2-all on the first power play of the game.

The buzzing crowd rose to their feet 30 seconds later, when the Stars' Curtis McKenzie and Bruins' Kevan Miller dropped the gloves after the latter hit the former hard along the boards. Bergeron and Marchand have nine points apiece and Krejci eight under Cassidy's watch. There is the obvious one: The changing of coaches from Claude Julien to Bruce Cassidy, who has now won six of his first seven games behind the bench. "Losing that game in Anaheim but then right back and bouncing back against L.A., again with a big win there and this afternoon, I guess it's an early game, it's a different kind of routine for everyone, and we all showed up and played a great game". The upcoming Tuesday match versus the Pittsburgh Penguins could be the final time fans see some Stars players in Victory Green, as they're expected to be sellers at the trade deadline.

Arizona tradedMartin Hanzal and Ryan White to the Minnesota Wild for three draft picks.

  • Julie Sanders