The Bruins came out with sandpaper in the first period. The Bruins finished their checks and were able to dictate the pace of the game despite some turnovers. The Bruins seemed to be taking more chances in exchange for scoring chances. Despite being penalized just 18 seconds into the game, the Bruins were able to kill off the penalty and shake off the post-power-play threat by attacking Turco’s zone.Old friend Mike Ribiero was penalized for a post-whistle high stick on Savard. Savard made the Stars pay when he scored he snuck one under Turco’s pad near the goal-line. The goal was the Bruins first on the power-play since they went 4-8 against the Carolina Hurricanes in the second game of the season.
Following the goal, the Bruins continued to put pressure on
the Stars defense by putting pucks on net in bunches. Turco had some trouble seeing pucks in
traffic but put himself in good position to stop the initial shots. The Bruins finished the first period and
looked dominant in the frame, out-shooting
the Stars 14-7 but did not give themselves a multiple goal lead.
Face-offs paid off for the Bruins early in the second
period, when Bergeron won a face-off clean, and flicked it back to Mark
Stuart. Stuart shot the puck low, and Bergeron
got a stick on it in the circle and the misdirection was enough to get by
Turco. The Bruins led 2-0 early in the
Savard scored the third goal of the game when Michael Ryder
charged up the left side and into the middle, attracting Stars defensemen and left the puck to Savard who slapped a
one-timer past Turco. The Bruins were
able to take the puck to the Stars defense almost at will early in the second
period, and it resulted in two goals in the first half of the second
period. The Bruins were able to survive
the Stars pressure by blocking shots when Thomas was down-and-out. The Bruins eventually cleared the puck and
were able to survive the attack and temporarily keep the Stars in a three-goal-hole.
The Bruins were able to kill the carry-over penalty to start the third period, and Shawn Thornton even had a breakaway going the other way after coming out of the box, but was stoned by Turco. Thomas was able to fend off the Stars attack by making positional saves and making sure that rebounds were directed towards teammates.With 8:21 left in the game Chuck Kobasew was called for holding. The Bruins were able to kill off the aggressive Stars power-play thanks in part to key pass deflections and Tim Thomas who was trying to preserve a shutout. With the game firmly in hand late in the game, one would think that the Bruins would fade back into a defense-first style of pay. However, the Bruins were able to keep pressure on the desperate Dallas team by pressing forward at every opportunity, determined to notch their goalie a shutout.
The road trip seemed to be the remedy for the inconsistent Bruins. Claude’s squad clearly played a consistent 60 minute effort. The Bruins never got complacent, the Bruins pressured until the final whistle and hit Stars at every opportunity. The Bruins were able to beat the upstart Stars because of opportune offense and a relentless forecheck. The Bruins dominated in all three zones and did not let the Stars get any easy ice when they possessed the puck.
Tim Thomas played as well as he had to in order to record his first shutout of the young season. Although the Stars outshot the Bruins, Thomas played well enough for a shutout. He was positioned well throughout the game and was able to make big saves when he necessary.