“It feels good,” Seguin said. “It feels good to win here, it’s a tough building. It always feels good to score and obviously very happy with the way we responded after playing a bad game in Toronto last night.”
Seguin, traded to the Stars from Boston in the summer of 2013, scored twice on the power play and once at even strength for his sixth hat trick since joining Dallas.
“I’m probably just as happy as he is,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn, who assisted on two of Seguin’s goals. “I just leaned over to him after the game and told him, ‘I’m sure that probably felt good.’ But the bigger thing is that we got two points in a tough building, we responded well as a team, and now we can move on.”
The three goals pushed Seguin into a tie with Benn for the league-lead in scoring at 20 points.
“We know where we stand, but I like our 10-3 record a lot better,” Benn said. “Even the games that we’ve lost, we’ve had a chance to win them or just made some mental mistakes that definitely could have not happened. But I like where we’re sitting right now.”
The Stars, who were coming off a disappointing 4-1 loss at Toronto Monday to open their current road trip, still have not lost consecutive games this season.
“There was a lot more desperation [tonight], a lot more puck battles that we won,” Seguin said. “Now we are going to move on. We have two more games on this road trip, and we are happy with these two points.”
This was the first time the Stars were playing on the second night of a back-to-back this season, and they handled that well.
“I know a couple of years ago we couldn’t even come close to winning a back-to-back and that’s just the maturity of this team. We’re responding well now, and you definitely saw that tonight,” Benn said.
Stars defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka scored his first NHL goal in the game, and Alex Goligoski scored on the power play for Dallas, which went 3-4 with the man-advantage. Kari Lehtonen, making his first start since Oct. 24, was solid in goal, stopping 36 of 39 shots.
“He hasn’t played for a while, and I thought he got through the first couple of goals and he really played well for us,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “He was solid on some screen shots, and I thought he did a great job for us.”
Loui Eriksson scored two goals for the Bruins, who had a four-game winning streak and seven-game points streak both end.
“First period I didn’t mind and second period and third period, I don’t know where our team went,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “We just kind of lost our focus and we weren’t the same team again. Instead of trying to dig it in, I think the way they were playing us, our guys were getting more and more frustrated and the more we got frustrated, the more we got away from our game.”
Boston got the first six shots of the game, but the Stars scored on their first shot when Seguin tallied off the rush to put Dallas up 1-0 at 5:46 of the first period. But the Bruins tied it less than two minutes later when defenseman Colin Miller scored his first NHL goal on a shot from the right point at the 7:14 mark.
Boston got the game’s first power play with 40 seconds left in the first and cashed in 15 seconds later. Torey Krug put a shot on net, and Eriksson scored off the rebound put Boston ahead 2-1 at 19:35 of the first period.
The Bruins came close to extending the lead early in the second, but Lehtonen stopped Brad Marchand on a shorthanded breakaway 20 seconds into the period.
The Stars drew even on their second power play of the night when Seguin scored off a blast from the left circle to make it a 2-2 game at 4:37 of the second.
Dallas took the lead late in the second. Jokipakka scored from the left point through a Radek Faksa screen to put the Stars up 3-2 at the 17:18 mark.
Boston came close to tying late in the second, but Lehtonen swept the puck away from Ryan Spooner as he tried to get off a shot from point-blank range in the final seconds of the period.
Seguin scored his third goal of the night and extended the Stars’ lead to 4-2 early in the third period, tallying on the power play off a blast from the left circle at the 1:18 mark.
The Stars cashed in on the power play for the third time midway through the final period when Goligoski roofed a backhand shot to make it a 5-2 game. Eriksson’s scored late in the game, but it was too little, too late for the Bruins who lost their third straight to the Stars in Boston thanks to a big night from Seguin.
“It was definitely nice to see him explode tonight,” Benn said, “especially in this barn.”
Stars forward Ales Hemsky did not play Tuesday. Hemsky, who had hip surgery in the offseason, has been struggling with the hip recently.
Forward Devin Shore, called up from the AHL on Sunday, made his NHL debut in Boston. He played left wing on a line with center Radek Faksa and right wing Valeri Nichushkin. Shore had no points, no shots and one hit in 11:08 of playing time.
“It was a special moment and something no one can every take away from me,” Shore said. “I had a blast out there, and it was even better that we won.”
“I thought he handled it well,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “For a first game, you never know what to expect but I know how excited he was, and I thought that line was doing a really good job for us. For me, you don’t know what to expect, but I don’t think the nerves caught up to him at all.”
Boston forward Chris Kelly suffered a fractured femur early in the game and will undergo surgery on Wednesday. Recovery time is expected to be 6-8 months. Kelly was injured when his leg buckled while he was trying to check Stars forward Colton Sceviour in the neutral zone.
“You hope we can somehow compensate for his loss,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said of Kelly. “I think people are going to realize how important he is to our hockey club, not just on the ice but also in the dressing room and around the team. He’s a guy that is extremely respected by his teammates and on the ice he’s given us everything we’ve asked for.”
*Tyler Seguin (8 goals, 12 assists) and Jamie Benn (10 goals, 10 assists) are tied for NHL lead in scoring with 20 points.
*Seguin’s hat trick was his sixth as a Dallas Stars, tying Mike Modano for the franchise record.
*John Klingberg had two assists to push him to 13 points (two goals, 11 assists), which has him tied for the scoring lead among NHL defensemen.
*The Bruins outshot the Stars 39-19.
*The 19 shots were a season-low for the Stars.
*Seguin led Dallas with six shots on goal.
*Jyrki Jokipakka’s goal – his first in the NHL – came on his only shot in the game.
*The Stars were 3-4 on the power play and 3-4 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars won 27 of 66 faceoffs (41 percent).
*Tyler Seguin won 9 of 12 faceoffs (75 percent). Radek Faksa won 6 of 15 (40 percent). Vernon Fiddler won 3 of 12 (25 percent). Cody Eakin won 3 of 16 (19 percent).
*Jason Demers led the Stars with 25:26 of ice time.
The Stars continue their road trip when they play at Carolina on Friday.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Jason Spezza
Mattias Janmark – Cody Eakin – Patrick Sharp
Antoine Roussel – Vernon Fiddler – Colton Sceviour
Devin Shore – Radek Faksa – Valeri Nichushkin
Alex Goligoski – John Klingberg
Johnny Oduya – Jason Demers
Jyrki Jokipakka – Jordie Benn
Injured: Ales Hemsky (hip), Patrick Eaves (lower body), Travis Moen (upper body), Curtis McKenzie (hip)
Scratched: Patrik Nemeth, Jamie OleksiakThis story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.