Haggerty's Morning Skate: Reilly Smith pumped to be Panther

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Haggerty's Morning Skate: Reilly Smith pumped to be Panther

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wishing that Tim Thomas was still with the Bruins so I could ask him about a protective wall along the US/Canada border.

*Reilly Smith is excited to join the Florida Panthers, and says that nobody wanted to play them at the end of the last season. It’s pretty clear the Bruins didn’t want to play them anyway.

*Former Toronto Maple Leafs CEO Richard Peddie says that the neighbors that lived around Tyler Seguin in Toronto aren’t too happy this summer. That should come as a big shock to the people that used to live around him in Charlestown.

*PHT writer Ryan Dadoun has Milan Lucic joking about running through Tuukka Rask “like I did to another goalie” during a candid interview with Vancouver radio. I guess he still thinks knocking over Ryan Miller was pretty funny.

*Jim Matheson says the road to the NHL is often bumpy for any number of young hockey players coming up through the ranks.

*Marcel Goc has signed a five-year deal to presumably end his pro hockey career playing in Germany.

*Here are five reasons to get excited for the Calgary Flames in September and I’m willing to bet that Dougie Hamilton is one of them.

*For something completely different: the whole saga with El Presidente video-bombing ESPN talent at the Brady hearing was bordering on epic.

 

Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

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Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars where Patrice Bergeron scored two goals.

Patrice Bergeron scores 2, Bruins beat Stars, 6-3, to end winning trip

Patrice Bergeron scores 2, Bruins beat Stars, 6-3, to end winning trip

Patrice Bergeron had two goals and an assist as the Boston Bruins beat the Dallas Stars 6-3 Sunday, improving to 6-1 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy.

The Bruins completed a 3-1 road trip.

Stars captain Jamie Benn and Boston forward David Backes began fighting just 2 seconds into the game and drew major penalties. They have a history between - this was the first time they've faced each other this season, and it was the third straight year they've fought.

The Stars had tied the game in the second period after trailing 2-0. But Frank Vatrano and Bergeron scored on deflections 40 seconds apart in the second, and Bergeron added his 16th goal of the season in the third period.

Brad Marchand, David Krejci scored in the first period for the Bruins. Marchand had two assists and Torey Krug had three assists.

John Klingberg and Jiri Hudler had second-period goals for Dallas, and Tyler Seguin scored in the third.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had 33 saves.

Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves for Dallas. Three of Boston's goals came on deflections.

Vatrano deflected Kevan Miller's drive from the right point through traffic past Lehtonen to break a 2-2 tie in the second. Bergeron and Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn became tangled in front of Lehtonen on the Bruins' fourth goal.

Marchand scored from the left faceoff circle at 5:56 of the first period after taking a pass from behind the net from Bergeron.

Dallas made it 2-all on the first power play of the game. Hudler scored on a snap shot at 11:49 of the second.

Boston regained a two-goal lead less than 4 minutes later when Vatrano and Bergeron scored at 14:41 and 15:21.

NOTES: Dallas D Johnny Oduya returned after missing 15 games because of an ankle injury. . Miller and Dallas LW Curtis McKenzie also fought in the second period. . Marchand has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games. . Krejci has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past seven games. . Krug has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in seven career games against the Stars. . Hudler has 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 14 career games vs. Boston. . The visiting team has won the last seven games between the teams, dating back to 2013-14.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Begin a three-game homestand on Tuesday against Arizona.

Stars: Play the fourth of five straight home games vs. Pittsburgh on Tuesday.