The good, the bad, the ugly for the Bruins against Dallas

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The Bruins left Dallas with a 2-1 victory on opening night. But everything wasn’t sunshine and rainbows.

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DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 03: The Boston Bruins celebrate a victory after winning the game between the Dallas Stars and the Boston Bruins on October 03, 2019 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins showed up to Dallas and spoiled opening night for the Stars. After an up and down affair, the Bruins left town with a 2-1 victory.

The Bruins jumped out to an early lead thanks to a Brett Ritchie shot. Then, Danton Heinen extended the lead on the power play.

After a strong first period, Boston looked sluggish in the second. Dallas took advantage and cut the deficit to 2-1. Tuukka Rask made some big saves to preserve Boston’s lead.

The two teams traded chances in the third period, but nobody could score. Rask shut the door on Dallas, and Ben Bishop did so on Boston. The Bruins closed out the victory and earned the first two points of the season.

The Good

Tuukka Rask: Tuukka Rask was the star of the show in net for Boston. The Bruins dominated play in the first period, so Rask saw little action. Things, however, picked up for him in the second period. Dallas had nine shots on goal in the period, and Rask saved all but one.

Dallas continued to push the pace in the third, but Rask was up to the task. He saved all 16 Dallas shots, including a glove-side rip from Roope Hintz. Rask also turned out to be Boston’s best penalty killer.

Rask finished the game with 28 saves on 29 shots. Let’s hope he can continue this strong start throughout the season.

First period start: The Bruins had their skating legs in the first period. They were all over the Stars from the opening faceoff. Brett Ritchie opened the scoring a little over a minute into the game. Then, Boston drew a penalty and scored on the power play. The Bruins were up by two before a lot of fans had a chance to even sit down.

Boston continued to outplay Dallas throughout period one. The Bruins were faster to every loose puck, and they won every puck battle.

Par Lindholm: Par Lindholm had a solid first game with the Bruins. He didn’t show up on the scoresheet, but he drew a couple of penalties. The first one resulted in a power play goal for Danton Heinen. Lindholm also had a strong game defensively. He had a blocked shot and a takeaway.

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