The Dallas Stars shook off a slow start Sunday morning, climbed back into the game and then things went downhill. The result was a 6-3 loss to the Boston Bruins at American Airlines Center.
"Obviously, a little bit of a tough start," said Stars defenseman Johnny Oduya. "I think we played pretty well for a while but then gave them two quick goals again. Not a very good game overall I would say."
The Stars were down 2-0 by the 6:51 mark of the first period, rallied to tie the game in the second period, but then the Bruins scored two goals in 30 seconds late in the second to take control of the game.
The Bruins scored six goals on 28 shots, tallying three times off redirections in front of Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen.
"Big mistakes hurt us," Ruff said. "We missed some sticks, our defense didn't tie up a couple of guys. I thought that was probably the biggest difference in the game."
The Stars (24-28-10) lost for the first time in three games on their current homestand. Jiri Hudler and John Klingberg both had one goal and one assist. Tyler Seguin also scored for the Stars, who lost for the eighth time in their past eleven games overall.
"It's been a frustrating year, I think everybody agrees," said Seguin. "It's been a frustrating year from the beginning, but we still got 20 games here left. I want them to have a lot of pride in here. I want everyone in here to play for each other and we'll still get a chance to get better every day."
Patrice Bergeron (two goals, one assist), Brad Marchand (one goal, two assists) and Torey Krug (three assists) all had three-point nights for the Bruins (32-24-6). The Bruins went 3-1-0 on a four-game road trip and improved to 6-1-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy.