Newcomer Ritchie Helps In Win Over Dallas

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The Boston Bruins righted the ship on Thursday night by beating the Dallas Stars by a score of 4-3.  After losing their last two games against the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames, the Bruins needed a big bounce back game where they will have to play a full sixty minutes against a very good Dallas Stars team. 

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The Dallas Stars are currently in the third seed of the Central Division and just came off of a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.  Jaroslav Halak would get the start in goal for the Boston Bruins and Ben Bishop would get the nod for the Dallas Stars.  The Bruins were the more noticeable team controlling the play five on five, but would give up the first goal to the Dallas Stars.  Jamie Benn notched his 19th goal of the season (300th career goal) on a Dallas power play at 17:38 in the first period due to a Matt Grzelcyk hooking penalty.  However, that would be the only lead Dallas would have until Boston tied the game up on a Power Play goal of their own by Charlie Coyle (16), who batted the puck out of the air with only sixteen seconds left in the first period to tie the game before heading into the first intermission.

In the Second period the Bruins continued to dominate the five on five play and continued to be physical with some big hits which would lead to a David Krejci and Joe Pavelski fight.  Yes, you read that right, David Krejci with his fifth NHL fight dropped the mitts and held his own, getting some good punches in on Pavelski before the linesman stepped in and separate the two.  Not long after that Brad Marchand broke the tie to make it 2-1 at 14:44 in the second period. 
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No less than two minutes later new comer Nick Ritchie scored his first goal as a Boston Bruin to give the Bruins a 2 goal lead making it 3-1 with 3:59 left in the second period.  The Bruins went into the Second Intermission up by two goals, but started the third period down a man as Chris Wagner took a roughing penalty at the end of the second period.  Wagner would not return to the game after the conclusion of the second intermission with an Upper-Body Injury (to be evaluated on Friday).

The Stars put a little pressure on the Bruins by making the score 3-2 with the help of Denis Gurianov who got his 19th goal of the season seconds after the Wagner penalty expired (served by 
Ondrej Kase).  Once again it would not be long before the Bruins would score again.  At the 3:53 mark in the third period David Pastrnak potted his league leading 46th goal of the season with a beautiful give and go from Nick Ritchie, who would get his second point of the night.

With just over two minutes left the Stars pulled their goalie to make a push for a comeback when they came within one when Heiskanen made it 4-3 with only 2:24 left in the third period.  That, however, would be the last goal that would be scored as the Bruins killed off the rest of the period and lead to Halak’s 17th win of the season.

Some notables from this game were that the Bruins were not afraid to throw the body around and get physical.  This has been a big question mark for the Bruins coming into the trade deadline and an area that some felt needed to be addressed.  The acquisition of Nick Ritchie was the glimpse of hope that he could bring that spark and play “Bruins Hockey”.  In his two games he has brought that physical aspect that the Bruins were lacking and seemed to spark it in the other teammates as well.  

Also tonight was the first game as a Bruin for new comer Kase.  He seemed to have some jump in the first period, but was not heard much from for the rest of the game.  I’m going to give him the benefit of doubt that this was not only his first game as a Bruin and he’s still getting used to the team and his new line mates, but he also has not played since Feb. 7th with an upper-body injury and flu like symptoms.  Kase had 19 shifts accumulating 15:16 of ice time with two shots on net.

With tonight’s win over Dallas and Tampa’s 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Bruins get a little more separation in the Atlantic Division which now gives them a seven point cushion over the Lightning.  Now the Bruins will turn their attention to the New York Islanders, who had an OT loss to the St. Louis Blues.  That game will be on Saturday February 29th at 1pm on Long Island.

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