Seguin and Peverley Return as Shining Stars
The Boston Bruins encountered a couple of familiar faces in ironic fashion Tuesday night at the TD Garden, losing 3-2 to the Dallas Stars in a shootout. Castaways Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley scored both markers in the shootout for the Stars to move Dallas to 7-6-2 on the season. The loss for the Bruins moves them to 8-5-1 and marks the first loss of the season in overtime, and the fourth loss in the last five games.
The game was sent into overtime after Dennis Seidenberg hooked Vernon Fiddler on a breakaway opportunity, giving the Stars a penalty shot with a chance to tie the game. Fiddler would capitalize, beating goaltender Tuukka Rask on the backhand with less than three minutes to play in regulation.
After a Dallas dominated overtime period, Patrice Bergeron would put the Bruins in front in the shootout; but it would be all Dallas from there, with Seguin and Peverley delivering the final blows.
For Seguin, the return to Boston was an awkward one.
“It was just weird,” said the 21 year-old, playing in Boston for the the first time since being traded on July 4th. “It just felt weird being out there, especially in the first period.”
Seguin was greeted early and often with sharp boos from the reported 17,565 at TD Garden every time the center came in contact with the puck.
“Going into the game, I didn’t know what to expect. I heard some cheers and some boos,” said Seguin. “I’m sure there are mixed feelings. I can only go out there and play hockey.”
The other player in the July 4th trade, Rich Peverley, who sealed the shootout win, was not as surprised by the reception. “This city is proud of their teams and are going to support those teams the best they can,” said Peverley, “We’re on another team now.”
Seguin recorded 22:01 TOI, going 6-9 (67%) in the face-off circle and recording two shots on Tuukka Rask. But it was the snipe that Seguin whistled over the right shoulder of a motionless Rask in the shootout that Bruins fans will remember and left Seguin smiling in the visitor’s locker room.
“I have to say it was a special game, I knew where this was on the calendar.”
Eriksson and Boychuk Back in Lineup
Despite the loss, the Bruins were happy to have two important pieces of their lineup back in action on Tuesday night in forward Loui Eriksson and defenseman Johnny Boychuk.
For Eriksson, it was also a reunion with his old teammates, as he played his first seven seasons with the Stars.
Eriksson only recorded three points in his first nine games in black and gold before being knocked out with a concussion for four games by Sabres tough guy John Scott.
“Felt good puck-wise,” said the 28 year-old winger, “the head felt alright, and I got some hits out there from them and it felt good so that’s positive.”
Johnny Boychuk did not travel to New York to play the Islanders after crashing into the boards against the Ducks last Thursday, but the defenseman made quite a crash in his return to the ice.
Mid-way through the first period, Boychuck leveled Stars winger Eric Cole in open-ice by the Stars blue line, then tackled an inbound Vernon Fiddler who was looking to avenge the hit.
Reilly Smith capitalized against his former team by finding Torrey Krug with a beautiful pass good enough for Krug’s 5th goal of the season… Jamie Benn scored on the Stars’ first shot of the night, beating Tuukka Rask blocker side… Daivid Krejci assisted on Milan Lucic’s 7th goal of the year off a tip from Dougie Hamilton’s point shot… The Bruins outshot the Stars 18-10 in the 1st, but trailed 13-4 in the 2nd… The Western Conference is now 66-26-10 against Eastern Conference opponents this year.
The Bruins are back in action Thursday night against the Florida Panthers @ TD Garden at 7pm. Stay tuned to the Suffolk Voice for live coverage and updates.