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Rich Peverley steals Tyler Seguin’s thunder with winning shootout goal vs. Bruins

Tyler Seguin [1] was the big name, but it was Rich Peverley [2] who played hero for the Stars with the winning shootout goal in a 3-2 Stars win in the duo’s return to TD Garden Tuesday.

Jamie Benn got the Stars on the board with a snap shot that beat Tuukka Rask [3] stick side in the first period, but Reilly Smith was the first member of this summer’s trade to get on the board when he assisted on a nice goal in front by Torey Krug.

The teams skated to a scoreless second period, and it was a Milan Lucic [4] redirection of a Dougie Hamilton point shot past Kari Lehtonen that gave the B’s a 2-1 lead in the third. The Stars, however, managed to tie it with 2:34 remaining in regulation when Dennis Seidenberg [5] hooked Vernon Fiddler on a breakaway, resulting in a penalty shot on which Fiddler beat Rask with a backhander.

The reception was not warm for Seguin, who was booed heavily during pre-game introductions and again every time he touched the puck. In the third period, chants of “Seguin” rang out during a fruitless Stars power play.

Another former Bruins star will be in town Thursday as the Bruins welcome Tim Thomas [6] and the Panthers.


— The Bruins held a dominant 15-1 shots on goal advantage at one point in the first period, but the Stars managed to outshoot them, 22-7, through the end of the second period.

The Bruins still got their scoring chances, as Patrice Bergeron [7]‘s line in particular had plenty of opportunities throughout the game.

Brad Marchand [8] was much better and much more involved Tuesday, but he just couldn’t finish. Marchand missed the net on a second-period 2-on-1 with Daniel Paille [9] and couldn’t finish on a bid midway through the third period.


— A couple of notes on Lucic’s goal: First off, there was great work by Dennis Seidenberg [5] to knock down a high saucer pass from Lucic and keep the possession going prior to Hamilton’s point shot. Secondly, Lucic’s goal gave him seven on the season, which ties his goal output over 46 games last season. Safe to say history isn’t repeating itself with the disaster that was Lucic’s 2013 regular season.

— Krug now has five goals on the season, which is second on the Bruins to only Lucic. Furthermore, Krug’s five goals put him in a tie for tops among NHL [10] defensemen. It’s been a mixed bag from Krug defensively this season and he still has his rough shifts even in his productive games, but he’s been as good as the B’s could have hoped offensively.

— The third line of Chris Kelly [11] between Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith both looked good and produced in its first regular season game together. Soderberg was a ghost for a stretch after his first couple games back from his ankle injury, but he seems to be getting more comfortable. After totaling just one shot on goal over his first five games back, Soderberg has seven shots on goal over his last three games. He also had the secondary helper on Krug’s goal.

— The B’s had one of their bigger penalty kills of the season when they were able to keep the Stars off the board following a four-minute double minor to Smith in the third period for high-sticking. The Bruins have killed off all 10 of the opposition’s power plays over the last three games.

— Not much has changed in Seguin’s game, as he was quick to get rid of the puck whenever he had it. That isn’t to say that he didn’t have his chances, as he fed Benn in front late in the first period on a play that Benn couldn’t finish. Seguin also came close to scoring a power-play goal in the first period but missed the net in trying to tap a pass from Benn into the vacant left side of the net.

With that being said, it’s worth noting that Seguin was much better than he’s been this season, winning six of 10 draws in regulation. Though Benn often took his line’s faceoffs for him early, Seguin was able to win the opening draw against Patrice Bergeron [7] after going just 1-for-14 at the dot.