The Bruins first game of November didn't get off to the best start. After learning that David Pastrnak will miss some time due to a foot injury earlier today, Chris Kelly fell awkwardly just 1:40 into the game. The incident was low-contact, but he needed to be helped off the ice, and did not return to the game. History says that little-to-no-contact lower-body injuries keep guys out for long stretches. Get well Chris!
Update: Don Sweeney and the Bruins released a statement during the 3rd Period of tonight's game confirming that Chris Kelly fractured his femur and will undergo surgery tomorrow. He'll be out 6-8 months, meaning tonight could be his last game in a Bruins uniform.
To make matters worse, just a few minutes later, Tyler Seguin took a pass from Jamie Benn and roofed one between the legs of Kevan Miller and over the glove of Tuukka Rask on Dallas' first shot of the night. Suddenly, the Stars are up 1-0.
But it wouldn't last for too long. After the Bruins begin to sustain pressure in the offensive zone, the Bruins took a faceoff draw to the left of Kari Lehtonen. The puck found its way to the point, where Colin "The Good Miller" Miller let an absolute bomb of a shot go from the blue line. It was Colin Miller's first goal in the NHL.
And the Bruins weren't done in the first. Late in the period, David Krejci gets a team assist by drawing a hooking penalty. The Bruins needed just sixteen seconds before some nifty passing by Krejci and Bergeron leads to a Torey Krug shot and a Loui Eriksson rebound goal.
The Bruins take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission!
After killing an early penalty, the Bruins went back to the kill after a Brett Connolly hooking penalty. That lasted all of six seconds, before ol' buddy ol' pal Tyler Seguin put in his second of the night.
The Bruins would have their own powerplay later in the 2nd when Antoine Roussel simultaneously slew-footed and high-sticked Zac Rinaldo. He was not subtle about it. Sadly, the Bruins powerplay managed just one shot on goal during the man-advantage, and didn't have a really good scoring chance.
A guy named Jyrki Jokipakka whose parents decided to use ALL the consonants also scored his first goal of the season, getting to the front of the net and deflecting a shot from the point by Tuukka Rask. This would be the last goal of the period, as the Stars re-take the lead and go into intermission up 3-2.
Things didn't start out well for the Bruins in the 3rd, when Torey Krug sent the puck over the glass and went to the box for delay of game. It again only took mere seconds, before the Dallas Stars capitalized. And yet again, it was Tyler Seguin with his 3rd of the night.
The Bruins would have a powerplay of their own a minute later, but were unable to cash in. They maintained presence in the Dallas end, but didn't have a good scoring chance. Just over 9 minutes into the 3rd, Brad Marchand took an interference penalty on Jason Spezza, which lead to yet another powerplay goal, this time by Alex Goligoski. The Bruins penalty kill was really shaky tonight.
Late in the game, Loui Eriksson made his presence known yet again, taking a cross-crease pass from Ryan Spooner and burying it behind Kari Lehtonen. Eriksson now has 4 goals and 7 assists in 11 games, having played on three different lines this season. Needless to say, the guy is pretty damn good himself.
The Bruins had a handful of chances with Rask pulled, but couldn't close on the Stars, who they out-shot 39 to 19. It was the story of the night, where the Bruins maintained possession but couldn't put the puck in the net. While Dallas and their red-hot powerplay went 3-for-4 and trounced the Bruins on their home ice.
Boston falls to 1-4-1 at home. Luckily, they'll leave for a three-game road trip to face the Capitals, Canadiens, and Islanders for the remainder of the week.