Saturday, December 31, 2011

Game Thirty Five: Ryder Helps Stars Rise Over Bruins

The Dallas Stars ended the seven-game win streak of the Bruins on Saturday night as they knocked off the B's by a score of 4-2. Former Bruin Michael Ryder picked up a goal against his old team in this game.

The Stars beat Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas four times in the opening period, two of the goals coming as a result of the power play. The four goals allowed by Thomas is the most he has allowed in a single game this season. In relevance to the power play goals, the Stars made some great passes and worked the puck around the front of the net waiting for the right shot.

Even though Dallas loves to draw opponents into penalties, they still need to capitalize on the man advantage and they did in this game.

Tyler Seguin scored Boston's first goal at 11:39 of the first period. Seguin still leads the B's in points with 31. Milan Lucic scored Boston's second goal just 1:08 into the third period. David Krejci had an assist on both goals. Loui Eriksson, Trevor Daley, and Tom Wandell had the other tallies for the Stars.

In a game that the media built up and expected way too much from, the action was still fast and physical. The puck was constantly moving and nothing really slowed the game down. Dallas outplayed Boston in this game. Plain and simple. They end the year 2011 with a tough road loss.

Boston will be back in action on Wednesday night when they head to New Jersey to take on the Devils.

Gold Star: David Krejci (2 assists, plus-1 rating).

Black Star: Shawn Thornton...The fourth line logged some extra shifts in this game. However, Thornton looked lost out there to the point where he was a liability to the team.

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