Posted December 31, 2011 on AP on Fox

MONTREAL- SEPTEMBER 24: Michael Ryder #73 of the Boston Bruins skates during the NHL preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens on September 24, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Bruins defeated the Canadiens 2-1 in a shootout. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Two nights earlier, the Dallas Stars were dominated on home ice by the team with the NHL's fewest points. Motivated by that dismal showing, the Stars proceeded to knock off the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. Michael Ryder and Loui Eriksson scored power-play goals in the first period and the Stars ended Boston's seven-game winning streak, 4-2 on Saturday night. Trevor Daley contributed a goal and two assists, Tom Wandell also scored, and Kari Lehtonen made 18 saves for the Stars. Dallas had been 2-4 in its previous six games. ''I think it's huge for us ... It was a good rebound game,'' said Stars forward Jamie Benn, who had two assists. Ryder, who helped the Bruins win the Cup last season before signing with Dallas as a free agent over the summer, notched his team-high 15th goal in the final minute of the opening period. ''It's very nice to score against them, but I'm just happy to get the win and show that we can compete against the top teams in the league,'' R...
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