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Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand get Bruins past Stars

Forwards combine for six points, Boston wins for sixth time in past seven

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had three points to help the Boston Bruins to a 6-3 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Sunday.

"Yeah, we were getting the bounces," Bergeron said. "Sometimes it doesn't always go your way, but this afternoon it was one of those days where we were getting the looks and generating some chances off of us moving our feet, but also reading off each other."

Bergeron had two goals and an assist, and Marchand had a goal and two assists for the Bruins (32-24-6), who closed a four-game road trip 3-1-0 and have won six of their past seven games (6-1-0).

"When you come out here, you always want to win every game," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Guys should be proud of themselves. I think we learned a little bit in Anaheim, the one that did get away, but we corrected that the other night in LA and I thought tonight again we had a good start and it kind of set the tempo for us."

 

WATCH: All Bruins vs. Stars highlights

 

Boston scored twice in a span of 55 seconds in the first period to take a 2-0 lead.

Marchand gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 5:56 when he finished off a sharp passing play with Bergeron and David Pastrnak.

David Krejci gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead at 6:51 when he deflected a pass from Torey Krug over Kari Lehtonen.

Dallas cut the lead to 2-1 at 4:40 of the second period when John Klingberg scored off a faceoff. Jiri Hudler made it 2-2 at 11:49 on the power play.

Video: BOS@DAL: Vatrano's crafty redirect puts Bruins ahead

Boston responded when Frank Vatrano scored for a 3-2 lead on a high tip from the slot at 14:41.

"That's a team that can score and they can light it up in a hurry," Cassidy said of the Bruins' response after the Stars tied the game. "We talked about it, our guys talked about it in the room and on the bench, what needed to be done. And again, part of that is managing the puck."

Bergeron made it 4-2 40 seconds later when he won a net-front battle with Jordie Benn and tipped a shot from Marchand past Lehtonen. Bergeron scored his second goal at 7:48 of the third period when he beat Lehtonen with a wrist shot.

Video: BOS@DAL: Bergeron tips Marchand's shot past Lehtonen

"Big mistakes hurt us," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "We missed some sticks. Our defense didn't tie up a couple guys. I thought that was the biggest difference."

Tyler Seguin scored a power-play goal at 13:00 to make it 5-3. Ryan Spooner scored a power-play goal 1:23 later for a 6-3 lead.

Tuukka Rask made 33 saves. Lehtonen made 22 saves.

 

Goal of the game

The Bruins first goal showed off clinical passing between Marchand, Bergeron and Pastrnak.

Video: BOS@DAL: Marchand buries Bergeron's no-look feed

 

Save of the game

Rask made a diving save on Patrick Sharp at 16:41 of the second period.

Video: BOS@DAL: Rask dives for a fantastic save to rob Sharp

 

Highlight of the game

Marchand forced a turnover, carried the puck into the zone, and beat Stars defenseman Esa Lindell one-on-one before passing to Bergeron for his second goal of the game.

Video: BOS@DAL: Bergeron roofs feed for his second goal

 

Unsung performance of the game

Kevan Miller cleared a loose puck off the Bruins goal line 3:52 into the game after a shot Lauri Korpikoski slipped through Rask. Boston took a 1-0 lead 2:04 later.

 

They said it

"Obviously management and decisions is out of my hands, that's something I'm not going to worry about too much. I'm not going to deny I know what's going on in this league and how things work. But when that day comes or not, I'll be prepared for that either way." -- Stars defenseman Johnny Oduya on upcoming trade deadline

 

"It was well documented, we want our forwards to attack more, get to the slot and make some plays off the goal. And I thought we had some good looks around the net that came from the back of the net. Spooner attacked the net once. We got one in front to Hayes, out in front to Nash, we had some of those plays. We had some looks to the slot. To have good spacing, we stressed that-one guy in front, one guy in the high slot and it happened to work out for us tonight. Sometimes tips can be cyclical whether they go in or not, but you put yourself in enough good positions to do it, you can." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on the offensive approach

 

Need to know

The Stars activated Oduya off injured reserve Sunday and he played his first game since Jan. 17. He was minus-2 in 18:28 of ice time.

 

What's next

Bruins: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday (7:00 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, NESN, NHL.TV)

Stars: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, ROOT, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Bergeron, Marchand lead Bruins past Stars, 6-3

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