Stars tie game late, but fall to Bruins

DALLAS — Just two days after ending their six-game losing streak to the Edmonton Oilers, the Dallas Stars regressed, turning over the puck countless times, mistakes which led to several goals by the Boston Bruins in a 4-2 win to end Dallas’ three-game homestand on a highly disappointing note.

"We made mistakes," Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said. "We lost some wall battles that led to a couple of goals."

In a game that looked like it would be scoreless heading into the second intermission, the Stars continued a disturbing trend by conceding a goal late in a period when Boston’s David Krejci scored just four seconds before the end of the second period.

That goal came about largely because of a poorly attempted and executed clearance by Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski, whose attempt off the boards ended up on the stick of the Bruin’s Milan Lucic, who quickly fed Krejci and he finished with a one-timer over the blocker of Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen to give the visitors a 1-0 lead heading into the third period.

"It disheartens," Stars center Vernon Fiddler said of allowing a goal so close to the final horn of the middle frame. "You don’t want to go to the dressing room giving up a goal with five seconds left. Those are things we have to limit in our game."

However, Dallas battled back and tied it 1:18 into the third when the Stars’ Erik Cole scored on the power play as a pass from Tyler Seguin glanced off his stick and landed in the back of the visiting net to make it 1-1, a play where Cole was looking the other way.

But the Stars coughed up the lead two minutes later when Brad Marchand made it 2-1 and Lucic’s power-play goal with 4:04 remaining made the final outcome all but academic.

Dallas did cut it to 3-2 when captain Jamie Benn scored with 1:11 remaining but an empty-netter by Boston’s Patrice Bergeron with 16 seconds left dashed any hopes of a Stars comeback.

"We allowed a couple greasy goals and we had a couple chances where we could bear down and got a goal, but we didn’t," Seguin, who had two assists, said. "There were a couple other power  plays that could have changed the game and at least maybe got us a point. I thought we had probably a little bit too many turnovers."

The Stars finish the homestand at 1-2-0 and now hit the road for games at Minnesota on Saturday and Nashville on Monday before returning home to complete a back-to-back against the same Wild on Tuesday at the AAC.