After a blockbuster trade over the off-season between the Boston Bruins and the Dallas Stars, Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley return to Boston for the first time since being traded to the Dallas Stars. This time the two were on the visitors bench, and were greeted by boos instead of the cheers that they have been used to from this crowd. Seguin may have been greeted by a few more boos than Peverley was, I might add.
Rich Peverley scores the shootout winner in his return back to Boston. (USA Today Sports)
Regardless of whether the fans disliked the former Boston Bruins, Lindy Ruff (Stars Head Coach) strategically placed Peverley and Seguin in the lineup for the shootout. Seguin scored as the second Stars skater in the shootout to tie up the shootout, ultimately leading to Rich Peverley scoring the game winner in the fourth round of the shootout. The two former Bruins players both scoring in the shootout to win the game may have seemed like the perfect script in their mind, yet the biggest slap in the face to the fans of the Bruins.
Aside from the homecoming for Seguin and Peverley, this game had a lot to keep fans enthused. As expected when traveling to Boston, the Dallas Stars were faced against a very physical opponent. Dallas was out-hit 27-21 by the Bruins. Vernon Fiddler was one of the Dallas players who was pushed around throughout the game by the Bruins.
Fiddler started the game with a four minute penalty for roughing in the first period. After managing to be in the middle of several fisticuffs, Fiddler scored with 2:34 remaining in the third period. The goal was the result of Fiddler being tripped by Dennis Seidenberg, awarding Fiddler a penalty shot. Being 1 for 1 in penalty shots in his career prior to this game, Fiddler remained at 100% as he moved to 2 for 2 in his career for penalty shots after netting his shot.
Noteables: Former Star, Reilly Smith had an assist on the first goal for the Bruins, while other former Stars player Loui Eriksson remained pointless.