In a previous blog entry, it was stated that there are certain games on the Boston Bruins schedule that are worthy of circulation.
With that being said, those games are broken up into two separate categories. There are games that are circled by the players/coaches and then there are games that are circled by the fans. This past Wednesday, the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins was a match-up that the players were looking forward to. Tuesday night was a game that the fans were salivating over.
The Bruins were in action against the Dallas Stars. Yes, this was the first game of a five-game homestand for the B's. Yes, the Stars are near the bottom of the Central Division in a very tough Western Conference. However, the fans were not concerned about that. They were hoping to snap some pictures of a player that used to dawn the Black and Gold. Does anyone remember the name Tyler Seguin?
That is correct. He wears the green sweater in Dallas now. He is currently one of the best players on the team from a numbers perspective. It is hard to forget his time here in Boston though. He won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011 and slowly became an offensive powerhouse in 2012. Although he played below expectations last year (which led to him being traded to Dallas), fans will never forget him.
The question now becomes how would they react when Seguin makes his return to the TD Garden? As it turned out, the fans of Boston booed him quite soundly.
Tuukka Rask was back in net for the Bruins while Loui Eriksson made his return to the lineup to take on his former team. As a result, Ryan Spooner was sent back down to Providence. Johnny Boychuk made his return to the lineup as well after missing the last game with an undisclosed injury.
In the first period, the sloppy play from both teams resulted in solid performances by the goaltenders. This was more so the case for Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen because the Bruins racked up 18 shots in the first period. However, the game was tied at one goal each after the first 20 minutes.
The score remained the same into the third period, but the chippy play continued. In fact, players on both teams had the opportunity to drop the gloves in this game. Sometimes, the chippy play benefits and motivates a certain side. At the end of the night, it was the other ex-Bruin who ended the game as Rich Peverley beat Rask in the fourth round of a shootout to seal the 3-2 victory for the Stars.
The Bruins originally had the lead, but a late penalty shot allowed the Stars to tie the game and send it into overtime. Also, a questionable non-whistle on a delay of game call by Dallas would have put the B's on the power play late in the contest. The breaks are just not going their way at the moment.
The Bruins will play their next game on Thursday night when they take on the Florida Panthers.
Gold Star: Johnny Boychuk...Holy smokes. This guy may not put up the numbers every game, but he is one of the most underrated defensemen in the league. No doubt about that.
Black Star: Gregory Campbell...We all know he is a grinder and superb penalty killer, but he has not played with the same intensity over the last couple of games. He continues to play sub-par hockey.