The Bruins playing the Stars will always bring up Tyler Seguin storylines, but on Tuesday it was the member of the Phil Kessel trade that the Bruins kept who made the difference.
Dougie Hamilton had a two-point night, including his career-high eighth goal of the season in the third period, to give the B’s a 3-1 victory over the Stars in Dallas.
The victory was the Bruins’ sixth in their last seven games, giving them points in 11 of the last 12.
It was also the second and final game of Brad Marchand‘s suspension. Marchand will be eligible to return Wednesday against the Avalanche, which is the Bruins’ final game before the All-Star break.
Here are four more things we learned Thursday:
BRUINS TRADE CHANCES AND PENALTIES
Players went three places Tuesday: Up the ice for a scoring chance, down the ice to defend one and to the penalty box.
From the opening shift of the game, when Jamie Benn was sprung on a breakaway and then tripped by Adam McQuaid, the Bruins and Stars swapped both scoring chances and penalties.
The B’s took six penalties on the night and killed off each of them, while Hamilton’s power-play goal came on Dallas’ fourth penalty of the night.
Standing tall for the Bruins throughout it all was Tuukka Rask, who made timely saves and got some help from the post.
SODERBERG LINE UP TO ITS OLD TRICKS
The Bruins got their first goal of the game thanks to some brilliant passing by the Carl Soderberg line. Chris Kelly sent a nice pass out front for Carl Soderberg, who fooled everyone on the ice by not shooting.
Instead, Soderberg wheeled around and sent a behind-the-back pass to Loui Eriksson, who fired the puck past both Jamie Benn and a diving Kari Lehtonen.
The goal made up for a missed opportunity earlier in the second period, as Eriksson failed to lift the puck on a rebound bid off a point shot, allowing Lehtonen to get his stick on Eriksson’s attempt.
CAMPBELL ALMOST HAS A TWO-GOAL NIGHT
Gregory Campbell scored two goals Tuesday. Though only one of them counted, it was still one more than he usually scores.
Jordan Caron knocked the puck away from Jamie Oleksiak in the offensive zone midway through the first period, with Campbell jumping on the puck and sending a wrister past Lehtonen. The celebration was short, as Caron was called for a hook on Oleksiak on the play, with Campbell’s shot serving to do nothing more than signal the whistle.
Campbell would get another chance, however, as he jumped on a puck in front following a Craig Cunningham shot and sent a rebound bid through the legs of Lehtonen to give Boston a 2-1 lead.
The goal was Campbell’s first in 10 games and fifth of the season.
KREJCI LINE QUIET AGAIN
It wasn’t until David Pastrnak put a harmless shot from high in the zone on Lehtonen in the opening minutes of the third period that he had his first shot on goal of the game.
Actually, it was his first shot on goal of the last two games, and it was more than David Krejci could say.
That’s right — two members of Boston’s first line nearly went two straight games without a shot on goal, and Claude Julien, who hasn’t been afraid to mix up his lines this season, did something about it.
Beginning late in the second period, Julien sent a number of different wingers out with Lucic and Krejci, as Reilly Smith, Craig Cunningham and Daniel Paille all took turns in Pastrnak’s place, with Pastrnak still getting shifts of his own with the line. Krejci finished the game with no shots on goal, while Lucic and Pastrnak each had one.
The Lucic-Krejci-Pastrnak line has come down to earth since last week’s three-goal game against the Lightning, but it deserves time to develop chemistry given its offensive upside. That said, they need to shoot if they want to score.