Highlights from the Bruins' 1-0 OT loss to Stars

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Highlights from the Bruins' 1-0 OT loss to Stars

FINAL SCORE:  Stars 1, Bruins 0 (OT)


1. It didn’t look good for Patrice Bergeron midway through the second period as he got tangled up with Radek Faksa, and the Dallas forward drove him into the sideboards head and left shoulder first as both players fell to the ice. Bergeron was clearly shaken up afterward and left the bench for a time, but returned to the game later in the second period while appearing to be okay. Nobody questions Bergeron’s toughness at this point, but he showed it again after that nasty, scary-looking spill into the boards. As the game went on, Bergeron gave everything he could but it sure looked like the left shoulder was giving him some issues.  

2. Credit to Brad Marchand for stepping up and tackling Faksa after the hit on Bergeron, but Marchand also once again lost his cool later in the period. Marchand tapped Ben Bishop with his stick while waiting things out in front of the net on the forecheck, and Bishop then winced and acted like No. 63 gave him a two-hander to the leg. Marchand was whistled for a slash by a ref on the far side of the play, and then Marchand got another 10-minute misconduct for arguing the phantom slashing call after the fact. That’s the second time this season that Marchand has earned a misconduct for arguing a clearly bad call. Clearly Marchand has a gripe, but he needs to figure out a way to air his grievances without hurting his injury-plagued team by taking himself off the ice for an extra 10 minutes.

3. Credit Bruce Cassidy and the Bruins coaching staff for getting the B’s involved in a low-scoring game against the high-powered Stars while missing so many of their key defenders on the back end. They had two D-men making their NHL debuts and Torey Krug as the de facto No. 1 defenseman with so many established guys out of the lineup, and yet somehow it was a 0-0 game after two periods with the Stars managing just 18 shots on net.

4. Give Tuukka Rask credit, he was excellent in his first game back between the pipes after taking a personal leave of absence last weekend. Rask looked a little rusty early in the game when he needed Torey Krug to shovel a puck off the goal line after it squirted past him, but he made 36 saves in all and had things scoreless into overtime with an injury-plagued blueline corps for the B’s. The only puck that got past him was a 2-on-1 in overtime with just Matt Grzelcyk back as the lone line of defense for the Black and Gold. He even made the first couple of saves in that sequence before Jason Dickinson finally poked a loose puck past him.

5. It really feels like the B’s are missing Adam McQuaid in a big way, and that they really need a tough guy to police some things out on the ice. Radek Faksa drove Patrice Bergeron shoulder and head-first into the boards, and once again it forced Brad Marchand into dropping the gloves and jumping Faksa to answer for the hit. Then later in the third period Marchand was once again driven to the ice in a scrum while Roman Polak threw a punch at Torey Krug that drew only a minor penalty from the refs. Boston’s best players are taking a lot of abuse from other teams with liberties being taken left, right and center. The Bruins need somebody added to their lineup that can answer for that stuff, and make opponents a little less eager to target Boston’s best players as they’re doing without fear right now. 











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Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara named to NHL's All-Decade second team

Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara named to NHL's All-Decade second team

Two key pieces of the Bruins core who brought a Stanley Cup back to Boston in 2011 and reached a Cup Final in 2013 and 2019 have found a place on the NHL All-Decade Team for the 2010s.

Zdeno Chara is a defenseman and Patrice Bergeron a forward on the All-Decade second team named by NHL as part of its All-Star Weekend in St. Louis. Joining them on the second team are forwards Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning, defensemen Erik Karlsson of the San Jose Sharks and goalie Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.

The first team is center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, forwards Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, defensemen Duncan Keith of the Blackhawks, Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury of the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

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The teams were chosen by a panel of NHL general managers, NHL hockey operations staff, writers and on-air talent from NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

Earlier, the Bruins' improbable 5-4 overtime, comeback victory over the Maple Leafs in the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, in which Bergeron scored the game-winner, was named Game of the Decade. The B's became the first team to win a playoff Game 7 when trailing by three goals in the third period when they overcame a 4-1 deficit. 



NHL All-Star Skills Competition live stream: How to watch it online

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NHL All-Star Skills Competition live stream: How to watch it online

David Pastrnak, who leads the NHL with 37 goals, is the lone Bruins representative in the NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis and his participation begins Friday night when he takes part in a new part of the All-Star Skills Competition, the "Shooting Stars" event.

The Shooting Stars involves players standing about 30 feet high on a platform and shooting at targets. Last year, Pastrnak won the NHL Accuracy Shooting competition but will try his hand this year at the new event.

The other new event is the Elite Women's 3-on-3. In that event, two women's teams -- American All-Stars and Canadian All-Stars -- each comprised of nine skaters and one goalie, will go head-to-head in a 3-on-3 game will consist of two 10-minute periods, with a running clock. Teams will switch ends after the first period. All penalties will be "served" with a penalty shot being awarded to the player specifically fouled.

Here are the other skills competitions on Friday, which begin at 8 p.m., ET on NBC Sports Network (The All-Star Game is Saturday night at 8 on NBC):

- NHL Fastest Skater
- NHL Save Streak
- Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting
- NHL Hardest Shot

Click here's to watch the skills competition online via the NBC Sports MyTeams app.