With a little over three minutes remaining in the first period, Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic
raced up the ice after a loose puck and looked to help break a 1-1 tie.
But Lucic's stick got tangled up with a Stars defender, Dallas recovered the puck and came down the ice and defenseman Trevor Daley scored to give the home squad a 2-1 lead.
“It was an unfortunate play,” Lucic said. “I felt like there was nothing I could do to get my stick out of that thing [and] it goes the other way.
"I also tried to step up on a hit there and I missed it and they come down on a four-on-two with one back checker, and a lucky bounce going their way.”
Like his head coach and teammates, forward Tyler Seguin
said that the team didn’t play a complete game.
“Obviously, you get a little frustrated sometimes, but it was our fault a lot of the times,” Seguin said of the B's numerous trips to the penalty box. "We were giving them the chances and we have to be a little bit more disciplined.
“I don’t know if in the third we finally woke up -- I don’t know exactly what it was but the third period we played more our style -- We put out a few shifts where we put them together, and had good ones in the second as well.
"But in the first we weren’t where we usually are and did our best to get back in the third, but it wasn’t enough.”
The Bruins started slow and thanks to two Dallas power play goals, the Stars took a 3-1 lead before the first intermission.
“Power plays are a very important part of the game,” captain Zdeno Chara
said. “They scored some goals and we didn’t.”
Despite the loss, Seguin and the rest of the Bruins were ready to put the uneven game behind them and focus on Wednesday’s bout against the New Jersey Devils.
“We [ended] the year with a loss, but tomorrow is a new year,” Seguin said. ---Anthony Gulizia