Bruins beat up on Stars in wild one, 6-3

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Bruins beat up on Stars in wild one, 6-3

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Three drops of the puck. Three fights. Four seconds.

Thursday night's game at the TD Garden began with the Bruins making a statement with their fists, and they followed it up by making a statement with their sticks. They scored four goals in the first period after engaging in three separate fights and then survived a third period let-down to beat the Stars, 6-3, Thursday night.
"We know theyre a physical team and we knew that before heading into the game. We wanted to obviously respond and show its our building --and we wanted to be physical," said PatriceBergeron, who finished with two goals and an assist in the win. "I mean it wasnt necessarily supposed to be fights, but it happened that way. Our guys did a great job responding and doing that, but Ialsothink the team had to respond for these guys that chipped in and fought with goals. I think we did that."

The Bruins' Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton, and Adam McQuaid dropped their gloves one after another in the game's opening seconds, marking one of the most memorable nights at the Garden in a long, long time.

Bergeron's two goals were both the result of going hard to the net and receiving perfect feeds from Brad Marchand. Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton had two more to help the Bruins finish the first period with a 4-0 lead.

Dallas got a goal midway through the second period from Karlis Skrastins, and Brenden Morrow and Brad Richards added two more in the third, but it wasnt enough.

All of it began when Campbell lined up at the right wing on the games opening faceoff, and after some talk, dropped the mitts with Steve Ott the moment the puck was dropped.

Once that was finished, Thornton dropped the gloves with Krystofer Barch immediately following the next puck drop.

And just when you thought the chaos was over, McQuaid put a beatdown on Brian Sutherby, immediately following the third faceoff.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time there were six fighting majors within the first five seconds of a game was in 1996.

Lucic and Bergeron went on to each score in the first 1:20 of the game, forcing Stars coach Marc Crawford to pull goalie Andrew Raycroft after just two shots. One more fight ensued soon thereafter as Andrew Ference pummeled Adam Burish after Burish fired a shot at goalie Tuukka Rask after the whistle.

Bergeron then put the Bruins up 3-0 midway through the first period, and Thornton sniped the top-right corner to give the Bs a 4-0 lead with four minutes left in the period.

Boston held a 4-1 lead after two periods, but allowed two Dallas goals in the first three-and-a-half minutes of the third, which cut the Bruins lead to 4-3, forcing Claude Julien to call a time out.

Two minutes after the Stars made it a one-goal game, rookie Tyler Seguin put a spin-around shot through Kari Lehtonens five hole, giving the Bs a 5-3 lead.

Marchand made it 6-3 with 2:20 left in the game, putting home an empty netter out front, after Bergeron missed a hat-trick bid by hitting the right side of the empty net.

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Haggerty's Morning Skate: Former Boston College hockey star dealing with drug addiction

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Haggerty's Morning Skate: Former Boston College hockey star dealing with drug addiction

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while feeling like I was watching the Heart of a Champion in that Golden State/Oklahoma City game last night. That Klay Thompson is something else.

 

*PHT writer James O’Brien wonders what the next step is for Troy Brouwer now that he’s ready to hit free agency, and the ride has finally come to an for the Blues this season.

 

*Excellent piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Paul Dupont on the sad story of Kevin Stevens, and the drug addiction demons that have had him in their clutches for a long time. I’ve known about Stevens troubles for a while, and it’s too bad because he really is a gregarious guy when you get to know him.

 

*Allan Muir speculates on the future of Steve Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning now that the offseason has begun for both of them.

 

*P.K. Subban doesn’t sound like he’s got any hard feelings about being left off Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey, and said he’ll still be rooting them along.

 

*Pat Hickey mentions the Subban snub, but is incredulous that Habs center Alex Galchenyuk was left off Team North America.

 

*Larry Brooks breaks down how exactly former Bruins head coach and New York Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan was able to emerge from John Tortorella’s shadow some 10 years later.

 

*For something completely different: sad story all around in Cincinnati where they had to had to shoot an endangered gorilla dead when a four year old child fell into his enclosure.

Saturday, May 28: Frustating season for Predators' Rinne

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Saturday, May 28: Frustating season for Predators' Rinne

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering how much of a dark cloud Slava Voynov’s presence is going to bring to the World Cup of Hockey.

*PHT’s Joey Alfieri tracks the ups and downs of Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who had a frustrating season.

*Jonathan Drouin says that he “definitely wants to be” part of the Tampa Bay Lightning after a very rocky year with a happy ending for all.

*Speaking of the World Cup of Hockey, Taylor Hall was one of a number of deserving Canadian players – including P.K. Subban -- left off the roster.

*The San Jose Sharks have come a long way from their inaugural season in the league.

*Ottawa Senators senior advisor Bryan Murray is still getting used to a new role after a change in the Sens front office structure.

*Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has plenty of reasons to be proud after a very good year running hockey ops for the Penguins.

*For something completely different: this January Rolling Stone magazine piece on Stevie Nicks was an excellent retrospective.