Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley got the last laugh Tuesday night in Boston.
Seguin and Peverley scored Dallas' two shootout goals, with Peverley scoring the game-winner, helping the Stars win a huge game over the Bruins.
The Stars overcame the Bruins' relentless pressure early in the first period, as the Bruins at one point in the first period led 15-1 in shots on goal. That one shot for the Stars? Jamie Benn's snap shot goal from the high slot near the right faceoff circle, which put the Stars up 1-0 3:38 into the game.
Thirty-eight seconds later, the Stars turned it over in the defensive zone, and former Dallas Star Reilly Smith fed Torey Krug the puck, and Krug tipped it in past Kari Lehtonen on the doorstep, and tied the game 1-1.
The Stars gave up 15 shots in the opening nine minutes of the game largely because the Bruins peppered Lehtonen with shots on their two power plays, with the Stars successfully killing both penalties. After that, Lehtonen faced 21 shots the rest of the game. Shots after the first period were 18-10 in favor of the Bruins.
The second period was a completely different story for the Stars. Although neither team scored, the Stars dominated possession and outshot the Bruins 13-4 in the period, giving the Stars the overall edge in shots 23-22.
The Stars got an early chance to take the lead in the third period after Reilly Smith whacked Ryan Garbutt in the nose with his stick, earning a double minor for the infraction. However, the Stars could not score, and finished 0-3 with the man advantage. Later in the third period, the Stars could not escape their zone, and the Bruins made them pay. Dougie Hamilton shot the puck from the point, and with two Bruins in the slot in front of Lehtonen, the puck deflected of Milan Lucic and past Lehtonen, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead with 8:21 left.
With 2:34 left in the third, Dennis Seidenberg hooked Vernon Fiddler on a breakaway, preventing him from getting a shot on net. The refs awarded Fiddler a penalty shot, and he scored a beautiful backhand goal past Tuukka Rask's glove hand, tying the game 2-2, and sending the bench into an absolute frenzy. That is what the scoreboard read when the Bruins and Stars went into overtime, with the Bruins leading 33-32 in shots on goal.
Neither team could score in overtime, and for the second consecutive game, the Stars participated in the skills competition to determine the winner.
Patrice Bergeron scored for the Bruins, giving them a 1-0 lead in the shootout. Jamie Benn, who scored the only goal in the shootout against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday afternoon, failed to score on Rask.
Jarome Iginla, the second shooter for the Bruins, did not shoot the puck past Lehtonen, allowing Tyler Seguin a chance to tie the shootout, and silence the TD Garden crowd mockingly serenading and booing him the entire game. Seguin ripped a wrist shot top shelf over Rask's right shoulder, and the shootout was even at 1 apiece.
The third shooter for the Bruins, former Dallas Stars fan favorite Loui Eriksson, failed to beat Lehtonen glove side, giving former Boston University Terrier Alex Chiasson a chance to win the game for the Stars. Chiasson did not score, and the shootout went to sudden death.
David Krejci fired a shot high above the net on his attempt, and Lindy Ruff sent Rich Peverley out as the Stars' fourth shooter. Peverley beat Rask five-hole, and the Stars walked away from Boston with a huge 3-2 shootout win.
The Stars have earned all four points so far on this three-game road trip, and advance their record to 7-6-2. How do you like them apples?