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Postgame Reaction vs. Dallas

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON – Ninety-one penalty minutes. Nine goals. Four fights. Two points. 

Dallas Stars' Adam Burish (16) holds his face after fighting with Boston Bruins' Andrew Ference during the first period of Boston's 6-3 win in an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
That’s what it took for the Boston Bruins to defeat the Dallas Stars 6-3 Friday night in TD Garden. 

The game started with a fight off the opening faceoff between Bruins forward Gregory Campbell and Stars winger Steve Ott.  Two more fights would follow in the next three seconds.  A fourth fight, between the B’s Andrew Ference and Stars’ Adam Burish, went down less than four minutes into the first period. 

“It’s always interesting here in this building and we always have interesting games,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said after the game.

“When we got their starting lineup and their top two lines weren’t on, we knew they wanted to obviously start with a physical edge to their game and we were ready for that.”

The fights intensified the energy of the game early on and the Bruins were able to capitalize on that energy with two quick goals. 

Milan Lucic opened the scoring by wristing a shot past Dallas goaltender Andrew Raycroft 35 seconds into the game. Patrice Bergeron followed that up with his 18th goal of the season 45 seconds later. 

“We scored some good goals and quick goals in the first, but Tuukka [Rask] made some big saves for us. And then they were playing really aggressively and they made some really nice plays," said Julien.

Twelve different Bruins registered a point in the win, but it was the line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi that took over the score sheet. 

The Bruins second line produced three goals, two from Bergeron and one from Marchand, as each player recorded three points.

“We talk about chemistry with lines and they seem to be clicking well together. They find each other,” Julien said.

“Marchand, with some of those nice passes he makes, he really sells the shot and all of a sudden the pass comes out and those guys know about it and they’re driving the net and getting rewarded for that.”

Although the Bruins took an early four-goal lead, Dallas came back to within a goal with more than 16 minutes left to play.

“It’s a slip of concentration I think. I mean, you can’t take anything away from them. They have some very dangerous players out there that will jump on opportunities,” Andrew Ference said after the game.

“We gave them a couple opportunities, so we gave them a couple rushes and a little bit of room, and they took advantage of it.”

Despite Dallas’ comeback, Rask (30 saves) was able to backstop the B’s to the win and pick up his fifth win of the year. 

“I don’t know how many people realize how many key saves he made at those key moments,” Julien said.

“He made some big saves and he made some really, really big saves at the right time and that’s what you want from your goaltender. 

“Whenever the other team gets those great opportunities, if he can come up with some big saves, that usually makes the difference in the game and he did that for us tonight,” he said.

---Hannah Becker
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