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Bruins fight three times, score four in first period

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Bruins fight three times, score four in first period

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins throwing a beating on the Dallas Stars while leading 4-0 at the TD Garden after the first 20 minutes of regulation.

1)Four fights in the first five minutes of the game, and three fights within the first 1:20 of the first in a game that clearly meant something to the Bruins. Give TSNs Bob McKenzie credit for finding a cheaphit from 2009 by Steve Ott on Gregory Campbell when the Bs center was a member of the Florida Panthers. That was the switch thatstarted things off and theres no doubt that much of that was a resounding statement from the Bs on how much they care about their teammates. Campbell had his nose bloodied in the fight with Ott, but Thornton, McQuaid and Ference all won decisive brawls with their Stars opponents. That's as close to the Big Bad Bruins as fans are likely to ever see with three consecutive fights in the first four seconds of the game before a puck could even be dropped.2)A career-high 8th goal of the season and 14th point of the year Shawn Thornton when he roofed a blast from beyond the faceoff dot high to Kari Lehtonens glove side to close out Bostons scoring. It was Thorntons first goal in 19 games, but the Bs enforcer is to be commended for the way hes worked on his hands, shot and ability to control the boards in both zones.3)Two goals for Patrice Bergeron and six points for the BergeronBrad MarchandMark Recchi line that has basically become Bostons best forward group over the course of the season. Dont expect that to change anytime soon as the MarchandBergeron combo is simply dynamite together. It was Bergerons 10th goal in his last 14 games.4)Adam McQuaid stepped in and dropped Brian Sutherby in the third of four fights in the first period, and showed exactly how much he covets the starting defenseman spot hes been given ahead of Mark Stuart. He doesnt plan on surrendering it anytime soon.5)Tuukka Rask stuffed James Neal on the backdoor when the game was still close in the first period, and looked as good as he has all season in making nine stops against the Stars. Rarely has the team and goaltender worked in tandem for good efforts this season, but thats happening tonight.Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

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Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while watching the worlds of sports and politics collide this weekend.

-- Can former Boston University standout Clayton Keller become the NHL’s newest rookie sensation for the Arizona Coyotes? The skills and the skating are certainly there, but we’ll have to see if he can remain in one piece all season with a middling team around him.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Kris Letang returning to the Penguins on Sunday. It still blows my mind that Pittsburgh was able to win the Cup without him in its lineup last spring.

-- Speaking of the Penguins, they say they will accept the White House invitation to visit after last year’s Cup win, and offer a pretty non-committal statement about what’s going on in the other three major sports right now.

-- It was a tremendously successful opening of Little Caesar’s Arena for the Detroit Red Wings last night as they stomped the Bruins in preseason action.

-- The Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri is out to prove that last season wasn’t a one-year wonder.

-- For something completely different: Good to see another Stoneham guy getting some accolades for a dead-on impersonation.