Seguin just barely off the mark

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Seguin just barely off the mark

BOSTON -- It was one of those kinds of days for Tyler Seguin.

The 20-year-old was one of the best forwards on the ice for the Bruins and seemed to be creating most of the best offensive chances for the Black and Gold, but he just couldnt slap the finishing touch on any of the plays.

So Seguin didnt factor into any of the offense in the Bs 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and a fat upper lip added injury to insult from a Pascal Dupuis high stick to the mouth in the second period. But Seguin was still working hard, creating chances and generating offense in a tangible way that coincided with many of his teammates beginning to put the effort in as well.

It would appear Seguin and the Bruins are getting tired of their alternating pattern of wins and losses, and its showing on the ice. The effort and desire is coming back, and now it comes down to finishing touch returning to skill players like Seguin.

When youre struggling you dont just come out the next night and everything is fixed. Its the same thing when youre winning. Your play is starting to slip, but youre still winning hockey games before it catches up, said Claude Julien. The same thing is going to happen in reverse. Were going to play some decent games and at the end of the night you look at what has happened and were still on the losing end of it.

But you got to start building on the positive. Tonight I thought our effort was better, our focus was better and there were a couple of areas we have to continue to improve on. But if our guys go back out there tomorrow night and give that same effort, were going to turn this around.

The Bruins went on a four-minute power play following the high-sticking infraction, but couldnt score in an afternoon of fruitless offensive offerings. Seguin said he was fine following the game aside from some sore teeth, but was looking back with regret on a couple of the missed chances from a one-goal game. There was a first period setup for a one-timer from Patrice Bergeron that was served on a platter for Seguin, and he got a little too much of the puck while firing the shoot far over the open nets crossbar.

Seguin made a couple of feathery passes to set up Brad Marchand and Joe Corvo for scoring chances with the Corvo pass actually coming during the power play for the high stick against No. 19 but his teammates couldnt finish off the play.

Then there was Seguins partial breakaway in the third period when he darted and dangled through the heart of the Pittsburgh defense, but Marc Andre-Fleury did a masterful job of standing tall with the game on the line. That save represented one of Bostons best scoring chances in the last few minutes of the third period, and it was the first thing Seguin was thinking about after the game.

Personally I thought I had a few chances and I think as a line we definitely had a couple chances there. There were a couple of semi partial breakaways, you know, in tight, said Seguin. Were just not finishing right now. Hopefully we can pop a couple there in Washington tomorrow and get these goals in bunches going.

Seguin showed he was ready to get things going on Saturday afternoon, and theres no reason to think he cant carry that over into Sunday with the team badly in need of his explosive offense.

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.