Loui Eriksson scored a pair of goals, but it was Tyler Seguin who won the battle of once-traded-for-one-another forwards Tuesday night at TD Garden.
Seguin scored a hat trick in a 5-3 Stars win, which ended a seven-game points streak for the Bruins (6-0-1). With the regulation loss, the Bruins are now 6-4-1 on the season.
Eriksson’s second goal cut into what was a three-goal lead for Dallas in the third period, but the B’s were unable to cap the comeback with Tuukka Rask pulled.
The Bruins will now go on a difficult road trip that will see them face the Capitals, Habs and Islanders.
Here are four more things we learned Tuesday:
KELLY OUT 6-8 MONTHS
The Bruins haven’t gotten too much bad news of late, so here’s some awful news: Chris Kelly is out for six to eight months after suffering a left femur fracture on his first shift of the game.
The injury seemed to be of non-contact variety, as Kelly took some contact in the mid-section from Colton Sceviour before going down to the ice awkwardly as his knee bent in odd fashion. He stayed down on the ice for several minutes before being helped off the ice by trainers and Zdeno Chara.
This could mark the end of the 34-year-old Kelly’s time in Boston, if not the NHL altogether. Though he’s been criticized for his contract, his loss will be felt big-time by the B’s.
B’S ALLOW GOALS (AND THEIR PENALTY KILL STINKS)
The whole ‘allowing goals’ thing is supposed to happen in hockey games, but the Bruins had enjoyed a very strong defensive showing over the last week. Entering Tuesday, Boston had allowed a total of two goals over its previous three games, which never saw the B’s allow multiple goals in a game in that stretch.
The Stars’ first goal could have been prevented with better gap control from Kevan Miller. The defenseman left Seguin way too much space, and by the time Seguin fired his shot, Rask had to look past Miller, Jason Spezza and Brad Marchand in order to find the puck. Rask also appeared to be screened on Jyrki Jokipakka’s second-period tally.
Three of Dallas’ goals came on the power play. Despite the Bruins’ strong play of late, they have been terrible on the penalty kill, allowing power play goals on nine of 11 games. The B’s have allowed 12 power play goals ‘ tied with Ottawa for worst in the league ‘ on 40 opportunities.
The Bruins’ PK had a chance to actually get one back when Brad Marchand was sprung on a shorthanded breakaway in the second, but he just missed the net after having Kari Lehtonen beat.
COLIN MILLER GETS HIS FIRST
There weren’t many highlights Tuesday, but count Colin Miller’s first NHL goal as one. The rookie defenseman took a feed from Torey Krug at the point in the first period and used his much-buzzed-about slap shot to blast the puck past Lehtonen to tie the game in the first.
KHOKHLACHEV MAKES SEASON DEBUT
After being recalled due David Pastrnak’s bruised foot, Alexander Khokhlachev made his season debut Tuesday night. Khokhlachev, who is tied for the AHL lead with 14 points this season, skated on David Krejci‘s line with Loui Eriksson.
While Khokhlachev did not end up on the score sheet Tuesday, he did make a nice impression. Khokhlachev’s best work of the night came on a second-period shift in which won a puck battle in the corner, cycled the puck down low to Krejci and then drew a high-sticking penalty on Alex Goligoski as he went to the net.
With Kelly out, Khokhlachev could stay up with the Bruins if and when Pastrnak is ready to play. The B’s could also recall Max Talbot, whose game is more similar to Kelly’s.