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Rask makes 28 saves, Bruins hold off Stars

Pavelski has assist in debut for Dallas, which loses Polak to injury

by Josh Clark / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Rask's great glove stop

BOS@DAL: Rask flashes the leather on Hintz

Tuukka Rask throws up his glove to make an outstanding save on Roope Hintz's wrist shot, keeping the Bruins up 2-1 in the 3rd period

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DALLAS -- Tuukka Rask made 28 saves, and the Boston Bruins defeated the Dallas Stars 2-1 in the season opener for each team at American Airlines Center on Thursday.

"I saw the puck pretty well," Rask said. "I think guys did a good job keeping them on the outside, and then a couple of huge blocks. That was obviously a key. It helps when you see it, and you just try to make yourself big."

Brett Ritchie scored against his former team on his first shift for the Bruins, and Danton Heinen scored the game-winner.

 

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"It felt good," said Ritchie, who played 241 games for the Stars from 2014-19. "Any time you can chip in. It was a bit of a scrambly game, but we got the job done and that's all I really care about."

Video: BOS@DAL: Ritchie snipes opening goal from the circle

Roope Hintz scored, Joe Pavelski had an assist in his Dallas debut, and Ben Bishop made 18 saves.

Stars defenseman Roman Polak was injured when he hit the boards awkwardly at 7:04 of the second period while attempting to check Bruins forward Chris Wagner. He left the ice on a stretcher and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

"The good news is that Roman has full use of his extremities," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. "We hear he's feeling pretty good at the hospital, but we don't have results yet. We're hopeful that he may be a player again in a couple of days."

Forward Blake Comeau was hit in the face with a puck in the first period, and forward Jason Dickinson (upper body) did not return for the second period for the Stars. Comeau is expected to be out multiple weeks with a lower-body injury sustained when he fell awkwardly to the ice, and Dickinson will be out at least one week, Montgomery said.

"It's life in the NHL," Montgomery said. "Next man up. We went through it all of last year and we're a resilient group. We're a deep organization and we're going to be OK."

Ritchie gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead with a wrist shot at 1:09 of the first period.

"It felt like a playoff game," Ritchie said. "It was a little bit more exciting than your average [Thursday] night."

Heinen scored on the power play from the left face-off circle with Bishop screened to make it 2-0 at 5:59. The goal came on Boston's second shot.

"It's a game you would like to have being the first one at home and the fans were great," Bishop said. "It's unfortunate and was kind of a bad start by myself. I thought we did a good job trying to come back there."

Hintz made it 2-1 with a wrist shot at 7:55 of the second period. The goal came 51 seconds after Polak's injury.

"You just keep going," Pavelski said. "It was a good effort from the guys. We did a lot of good things. We can build off some, just got to find an extra goal out there and everything's all right."

Video: BOS@DAL: Heinen doubles early lead with PPG

 

They said it

"I think he was more excited than I was. Obviously, his old team, coming into this barn, first game of the year, he's trying to show his teammates he's a guy that can help us win. He did that." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on Brett Ritchie's goal

"We've got to get back in the game. We're down a goal, so of course we're going to go for the tying goal. It comes from all the work. We battled hard. Unfortunately, we couldn't get that tying goal." -- Stars defenseman John Klingberg 

"Emotion came into our game at the beginning of the second, and I think a lot of that was players rallying [for their injured teammates]. Those three guys are key players that we all know would go to war for us. I love the heart and emotion that we played with. On most nights we would've been successful with the way the game went and the opportunities we had." -- Stars coach Jim Montgomery

 

Need to know

The Bruins have a seven-game point streak against the Stars at American Airlines Center (6-0-1). … Ritchie scored his first goal since Feb. 9. He had six points (four goals, two assists) in 53 games for the Stars last season. … Dallas played with 10 forwards and five defensemen for the final 32:56 following the injuries to Comeau, Dickinson and Polak.

 

What's next

Bruins: At the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday (9 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-A, FS-A PLUS, NESN, NHL.TV)

Stars: At the St. Louis Blues on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

Video: Ritchie, Heinen score as Bruins win first game

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