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By: Mike Grinnell
Tyler Seguin led the way for the Stars against his former club on Tuesday night netting 3 goals, and leading the Stars to a 5-3 victory over the Bruins.
“I mean it’s kind of like playing in Toronto, when you’re going home there it’s special, and I think when you play your old team, it’s special as well.” Seguin told reporters after Tuesday night’s victory. “You have still current friends on the other team, so there’s a fine line between them being your friend and them being the enemy for the night. But again, you’re happy with those two points tonight.”
Seguin opened up the game, scoring on a beautiful shot, using Kevan Miller as a screen, to beat Tuukka Rask to go up 1-0.
Colin Miller did exactly what he was asked to do when he was brought here this off-season, and that’s to shoot the puck, and it paid off for the 23-year-old defensemen, scoring his first NHL goal at 7:14 in the first period.
Loui Eriksson added another to put the Bruins up 2-1 going into the second period. Eriksson, scored with just 24.1 seconds remaining in the first period, off a Torey Krug shot.
Seguin tied it at 2 on the power play with a slap shot from the left circle, only to follow up scoring once again, on a one-timer, just 1:18 into the third period for his seventh hat trick of his career.
The Stars also got goals from Alex Goligoski and Jyrki Jokipakka, and got 36 saves on the back end from goaltender Kari Lehtonen.
Tuukka Rask continued to struggle, stopping 14 shots and letting in 5 goals.
“I think the truth is that I have to make more saves. It’s a different game; it’s that simple. I couldn’t have seen the puck at all today and can really make one big save, so that’s a tough hill to climb after that, and that’s just how it went today.” Rask told reporters after the game.
Loui Eriksson added his second of the night, with 2:15 remaining in the third period. Eriksson, despite being over shadowed by his trade-mate Tyler Seguin, put together a pretty good night, and his putting together a good season with 4 goals and 7 assists.
The Bruins also lost forward Chris Kelly for the season last night after Kelly broke his left femur. Kelly is expected to miss 6-8 months after a freak-injury 1:40 into the first period.
“It’s huge, a veteran that is really important for us on and off the ice. He brings so much to the team, especially as a leader.” Patrice Bergeron told reporters after the game. “As soon as I saw him go down it didn’t look good and kind of felt like it was going to be a pretty bad injury and unfortunately that’s exactly what it is and I’m definitely thinking of him right now. Hopefully the pain is not too bad.”
The Bruins lost a tough one Tuesday night at the Garden, falling 5-3 to the Stars of Dallas, The Bruins will look to rebound as they head to Washington on Thursday night, to play the Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.