Doc: 'We know (Dooling's) capable'


Doc: 'We know (Dooling's) capable'

MILWAUKEE Boston Celtics guard Keyon Dooling is about as familiar a Celtic as there is on this roster with Milwaukee's Bradley Center.

Dooling was traded to Boston from Milwaukee during the offseason, after having spent the entire 2010-2011 season with the Bucks.

That familiarity certainly paid off for the C's on Thursday, with Dooling's contributions helping Boston pull away for a 100-91 win over the Bucks.

Dooling, who is averaging a career-low 3.6 points per game this season, had eight points on Thursday which included a perfect 4-for-4 from the field.

"Keyon, knocking down shots, that's what we're going to need," said Paul Pierce. "Especially with playoffs right around the corner, it's going to have to come from everybody."

The C's have been extremely patient with Dooling, who has struggled on the floor with his play, and off the floor with injuries.

Of the players currently in the Celtics' rotation -- Dooling is part of that rotation -- he has missed more games (16) with a sore right knee (nine games) and a right hip pointer (seven games).

He has essentially missed half the season because of injuries. And when you throw in the shortened preseason with minimal time for training camp, it's not all that shocking that the 31-year-old has struggled.

Along with a career-low scoring average this year, Dooling is also shooting a career-low from the field (37.6 percent) and from 3-point range (28.8 percent).

So a 4-for-4 shooting night was, well, kind of a big deal.

"He needed that," said C's coach Doc Rivers. "We needed that from him. We know he's capable."

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


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.


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

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