It was rough and at times ugly, but the Boston Bruins came out on top as they defeated the Dallas Stars 2-1 last night at the American Airlines Center. With the uncertainty on whether or not David Krejci would be ready, newcomer and former Star’s player Brett Ritchie got the call and made a splashy debut.
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The 26-year-old would notch his first goal while wearing the Spoked-B, and got the Bruins on board in the first period. After battling for the loose puck, Ritchie hit a wrister that went past Dallas’s goalie Ben Bishop at 1:09. Minutes later Alexander Radulov was called on a holding penalty against Boston's Par Lindholm, giving the B’s another shot on net. At 5:59 in the first Danton Heinen made the score 2-0 as he sent the puck in back of the net.
After a fast and speedy 1st period, the Stars were looking to rally back from a 2-0 deficit. However, as Boston’s Chris Wagner and Dallas’s Roman Polack battled for possession (and what looked like a potential check from behind on Wagner), he crashed awkwardly into the corner boards. As silence fell upon the crowd, Polack lay motionless on the ice for several minutes as both teams looked on with concern. He immediately was transported to a nearby hospital after being stretchered off the ice. Dallas’s head coach Jim Montgomery offered more news on Polack’s condition, saying he has movement in all his extremities. In total, Dallas lost three stars in last night’s season opener, with Blake Comeau taking a puck to the face, Jason Dickinson suffering an upper-body injury and Polack.
Dallas got on the board making the score 2-1 when left-winger Roope Hintz scored at 7:55 in the second with a wrist shot that went past Rask. As both teams continued to push, and with missed opportunities for the Bruins on their power-plays, the boys in Black and Gold held on to win with the final score 2-1. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 28 saves on 29 shots in his debut on the new season. He faced and turned away 16 shots in the third period and made a stellar glove save. Dallas’s net-minder Ben Bishop made 18 saves on 20 shots.
Three stars of the game: Brett Ritchie, Danton Heinen and Roope Hintz. The Bruins went 1-for-4 on the power play while Dallas went 0-for 2. The two face each other again February 27, 2020.
NEXT UP: The Boston Bruins face the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday October 5th with puck drop at 9:00 pm.
The Dallas Stars face the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, October 5th with puck drop at 8:00pm
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