Shootout: Dallas wins, 3-2.
Round 1: Patrice Bergeron scores — Tuukka Rask stops Jamie Benn
Round 2: Kari Lehtonen stops Jarome Iginla — Tyler Seguin scores
Round 3: Kari Lehtonen stops Loui Eriksson — Alex Chiasson stopped by Tuukka Rask
Round 4: David Krejci misses net — Rich Peverley scores
Dallas wins the shootout, and they win the game.
End overtime, 2-2: The Bruins’ best chance of the overtime period came when Torey Krug walked down the left wing and took a pass from Loui Eriksson. Krug made a quick deke before putting a shot on goal, but Kari Lehtonen was all over it.
As a result, we’re heading to a shootout.
Overtime, 3:08, 2-2: So far, it’s been all Dallas in the overtime period. They’re flying all over the ice and putting all the pressure on the Bruins in the Boston zone.
A lot of that pressure is coming from no other than Tyler Seguin, who just beat Zdeno Chara to a puck.
End regulation, 2-2: Overtime it is.
The Bruins appeared to have a pretty legit beef late in the period. Alex Chiasson appeared to bat the puck over the glass with his stick. The officials gathered to discuss the play, but they ruled that it was no penalty, although the replay seemed to indicate otherwise.
Third period, 17:26, 2-2: Well, it’s a tie game.
Vernon Fiddler got behind the Bruins defense, and he was eventually pulled down by the stick of Dennis Seidenberg, which earned Fiddler the penalty shot.
He came barreling in with plenty of speed and beat Tuukka Rask with a backhander.
Third period, 16:36, Bruins 2-1: The Milan Lucic goal seems to have awaken the Bruins some here in the third period not a minute too soon. The B’s just got a couple of good, relentless shifts from the first and second lines that ended up chewing up more than a minute of time on the clock.
Lost in everything that’s going on so far has been the play of Tuukka Rask. He’s been real good once again, as he’s got 30 saves here late in the third period. Aside from a snipe from Jamie Benn, the Bruins goalie has been up to the task so far.
Third period, 11:39, Bruins 2-1: The Bruins have their first lead of the game.
After a long shift in the offensive zone, Dougie Hamilton put a shot toward the goal from the top of the zone. There was plenty of traffic in front with Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic crowding the crease, and Lucic ended up tipping home the go-ahead goal.
Dennis Seidenberg deserves credit, too, as he kept the puck in the zone to keep possession.
Third period, 10:20, 1-1: Brad Marchand is all kinds of snakebitten right now.
The winger’s drought continues, despite another golden chance. He just got the puck right in front of the net, and he looked to have control of it. As he deked, though, the puck slide off his stick and before he could regain control, he was already at too poor of an angle to get a good shot off.
He does have a shot on goal in this one. So that’s progress?
Third period, 6:00, 1-1: The Bruins killed off the double-minor to Reilly Smith, but it certainly wasn’t easy.
Tuukka Rask had to make four saves on the four-minute power play, and that included an impressive blocker save on Tyler Seguin. The forward was set up at his customary spot in the left faceoff circle, and he blasted a one-timer at Rask who made the save.
Third period, 1:46, 1-1: The Bruins are going to be up against it here to start the period.
Reilly Smith was just called for a double-minor high-sticking penalty after he caught Ryan Garbutt up high and struck blood.
Third period, 0:01, 1-1: The third period is underway, and the Bruins are going to need to be better than they were in the second if they want to avoid their fourth loss in five games.
End second period, 1-1: The Stars aren’t going to go away quietly apparently. After the Bruins outshot the Stars 18-10 in the first, the Stars held a 13-4 advantage in shots on goal here in the the second period.
Dallas hasn’t really been able to generate a ton of scoring chances despite the increase in shots on goal, but they’re right in this game obviously, which says a lot about their ability to take a strong push from the Bruins in the first period.
Second period, 15:41, 1-1: Patrice Bergeron came within inches — centimeters even — of taking a 2-1 lead.
The Boston center just walked in all alone and put a wrist shot at Kari Lehtonen, which beat the goalie, but the puck rang the post, and the game remains tied 1-1.
Second period, 12:22, 1-1: The Bruins had 15 shots in the first 9 or 10 minutes of the game, and they’ve only had 11 since then.
Things have kind of evened out after that quick start, but the momentum hasn’t swung in the Stars’ favor or anything just yet. The Bruins are doing a good job of possessing the puck in the Dallas end, but they need to do a better job of hitting the net. They’ve missed the net or had a shot blocked 21 times tonight.
Second period, 8:52, 1-1: Boston is now 0-for-4 on the power play, but that’s not a great representative of how the power play has looked. They have gotten plenty of chances, and the first unit especially has been buzzing, but there’s still nothing to show for it.
Brad Marchand’s cold streak continues, too. The forward broke in on a 2-on-1 with David Krejci, and he ended up missing the net with a wrist shot that whistled over the net. Marchand has been better in this one than he has in last few games, but he’s still pressing quite a bit.
Second period, 6:07, 1-1: The Bruins were about to see the power play expire, but they were bailed out by some careless stick work.
Brenden Dillon was caught for high-sticking, so the B’s will have 4 seconds of 5-on-3, and then they’ll remain on the power play.
Second period, 4:10, 1-1: Ray Whitney is going back to the penalty box, and the Bruins are back on the power play. This time, it’s for hooking.
Second period, 0:01, 1-1: The second period is underway here in Boston. Fingers crossed it’s as good as the first.
End first period, 1-1: The Stars had a nice scoring chance late in the period when Cody Eakin took advantage of the Bruins defense watching the puck behind the net, and he went to the net. He was given the pass that he quickly put on net, but Tuukka Rask made the save.
In the final seconds of the period, Jamie Benn made a bid for his second goal, but he couldn’t finish around the net — he might have hit a post — and the puck trickled through the crease. Waiting on the other side of the crease was Johnny Boychuk who quickly cleared the puck to ensure the period ended in a 1-1 tie.
The first period comes to an end with the B’s leading 18-10 in shots on goal.
First period, 15:07, 1-1: Much was made about Tyler Seguin’s faceoff issues entering this game, but he’s been good in the dot so far.
Seguin won the game’s opening draw against Patrice Bergeron, and he followed that up with a win over Chris Kelly just a few minutes ago, which means he has won more faceoffs tonight than he did all day Sunday against Ottawa.
First period, 12:39, 1-1: The Bruins were able to kill off the penalty, but Tyler Seguin of all people came close to scoring the Stars’ second goal of the game.
Seguin got behind Dougie Hamilton and appeared to have a good look at the net, but the pass was just a little bit out of his reach as he was forced to circle around the net.
The Stars got three shots on the power play, but Boston is still outshooting Dallas 15-4 here in the first period. The Bruins are skating hard, finishing their checks and they’re doing all they can to get back to their game. So far, so good, as they look much, much better than they did Saturday night.
First period, 9:39, 1-1: Again the Bruins can’t score on the power play, but they were once again successful in generating chances. The Bruins now hold a 15-1 advantage in shots on goal, and we’re not even halfway done with the first.
The Bruins are going to have to kill off a penalty now, though. He got tied up with Jamie Benn in the neutral zone, and McQuaid thought it was time to fight. He dropped one of his gloves, but Benn wasn’t ready to oblige. McQuaid shoved him in the chest before they were separated. That was enough to get McQuaid a roughing penalty, though.
First period 7:13, 1-1: Johnny Boychuk is healthy.
The Bruins defenseman just walloped Erik Cole with a huge hit in the Dallas zone, and that didn’t sit well with Cole’s teammate.
Verne Fidlder went right after Boychuk, which was a bad idea. The D-man dropped Fiddler, but the Stars winger gets an extra two for roughing after going after Boychuk.
First period, 4:16, 1-1: It didn’t take long for the Bruins to respond.
Torey Krug was the beneficiary of a gorgeous pass from Reilly Smith, and the Boston defenseman banged home the goal in front as he had crept in behind the play down the left wing.
First period, 3:38, Stars 1-0: The Stars strike first.
Jamie Benn, one of the game’s best players too few people have heard of, just ripped a shot by Tuukka Rask to give Dallas the early lead.
First period, 3:27, 0-0: The Bruins were unable to score on the power play, but the first unit looked really, really good despite coming up short.
The B’s got three shots on goal during the man-advantage and held posession for just about the entire power play.
First period, 1:01, 0-0: The Bruins will get the game’s first power play.
Ray Whitney was just called for high-sticking, and the B’s get the man-advantage.
First period, 0:01, 0-0: Let’s go. The game is underway.
6:59 p.m.: Tyler Seguin will get the start for the Stars. He just got a mixed reaction from the crowd as his name was announced as part of the lineup.
6:43 p.m.: As expected, Loui Eriksson and Johnny Boychuk are both back for this one, at least according to the pregame skate. It would appear that Jordan Caron and Dougie Hamilton will be the corresponding healthy scratches.
6:30 p.m.: The teams are on the ice for pregame warmups. The Bruins were led out by Tuukka Rask, and Kari Lehtonen led the Bruins out. Those are your starting goaltenders.
6 p.m.: Good evening and welcome into TD Garden, where the Bruins are about an hour away from opening their longest homestand of the season. That homestand will include visits from Florida, Toronto, Tampa Bay, Columbus and it begins against Dallas in this one.
One thing to keep an eye on will be how the Bruins come out and start this game. They have had a couple a of dreadful first periods the last two games, and they have allowed the game’s first goal in their last three games. They are just 1-2 in those games. To put it in some more perspective, that came after a five-game streak in which they scored first. Their record in those games? A tidy 4-1.
They’re also being outshot a lot of late, which isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the world, but it’s been pretty indicative of the way things have gone. They have been outshot in five straight games, and again, their record is just 2-3 in those games. When they were going well before this recent funk, they had outshot the opponent in six of their seven games prior to that. They went 4-2-0 in those six games.
3:40 p.m.: We’ve still got a while until we see some hockey, so now seems as good of a time as any to rifle through some links.
First of all, here’s my story on Tyler Seguin and just looking at where his game is at and how the trade may or may not have changed that.
The Bruins and Stars have had some fight-filled matchups as of late, but don’t expect the same type of furious fisticuffs to continue tonight.
Finally, here are the projected lines for the game. Loui Eriksson is back, Johnny Boychuk is likely back as well, and the Stars have shook up the top line a bit. We’ll know a little more about the lines in about three hours when the two teams take the ice for pregame skate.
1 p.m.: The suspicions about Loui Eriksson’s return coming soon were correct. The Bruins winger will be in on Tuesday night for the first time since Oct. 23.
Claude Julien revealed that following morning skate, as he said that Eriksson was good to go against his former team after passing his concussion tests. The winger has been out for almost two weeks after sustaining that concussion at the hands (well, shoulder) of Buffalo’s John Scott.
In other injury news, it sounds like Johnny Boychuk could be ready to return as well. The defenseman left last Thursday’s game after taking a tumble into the boards, and he did not travel with the team to Long Island over the weekend. Julien said it was likely Boychuk would return against Dallas.
8 a.m.: Tuesday night will mark the return of Tyler Seguin to Boston, but if the Bruins are paying any attention to that, they’re in more trouble than we might think.
Seguin will be back in Boston on Tuesday night for the first time since being traded to Dallas over the summer, but the B’s cannot worry about that. They are coming off their worst showing of the season in a 3-1 loss Saturday to an Islanders team that was on the second half of a back-to-back with travel. Claude Julien blasted his team for a lack of effort, which has become the key issue for a team that has lost three of its last four games.
The Bruins may have some good news, though, as they could be getting Loui Eriksson back. The second-line winger has been out since Oct. 23 after he suffered a concussion on a high hit from Buffalo’s John Scott. It’s a good sign that Eriksson practiced Monday morning and wasn’t limited. The Bruins sent Ryan Spooner back to Providence on Monday, which could also be an indication that Eriksson is about ready to return.
Speaking of returns, there will be plenty of eyes on Seguin, who is back in Boston for the first time since the Stanley Cup Final. His time with the Bruins came to an unceremonious end on July 4, and he’ll probably have a little extra motivation with how things ended with the club that drafted him No. 2 overall just a few years ago. While there are still parts of his two-way game that continue to develop, there’s no questioning his offensive production since becoming a Star. He’ll enter Tuesday’s game with 15 points in 14 games this season.
The interconference matchup also marks the return of Rich Peverley.
Puck drop from TD Garden is scheduled for 7 p.m.