Ray Allen's on the Bruins bandwagon

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Ray Allen's on the Bruins bandwagon

BOSTON -- On Thursday, the Boston Bruins will begin their quest to defend the Stanley Cup.
It is a feat the players just down the hall of the TD Garden can relate to. The Boston Celtics, who share the arena with the Bruins, did the same just three years ago after winning the 2008 NBA Championship.
Celtics veteran Ray Allen is rooting for his hockey counterparts.
Im trying to get into it, he told CSNNE.com. Were too close not to be, almost sharing locker rooms. I know Bruins president Cam Neely pretty well, I play golf with him. What they did last year was incredible and I was happy for them. I keep saying I need to get to a game but I cant figure it out on the schedule since we run parallel with their schedule.
Prior to Sundays game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Allen had the book, Black and Gold: Four Decades of the Boston Bruins in Photographs in his locker, a recent gift from Bruins team photographer Steve Babineau.
Allen understands the hard work that goes into a team earning a book like that, and what it will take to gain another one.
Everybodys got to continue doing the same thing they did before, he said. The role players have to continue to be role players and know that its about the sacrifices they made and they have to continue to make them.
The Bruins will kick off the first round of the playoffs at the Garden against the Washington Capitals on Thursday, an off day for the Celtics as they travel to Toronto to begin a back-to-back-to-back road series on Friday.

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.