Quick hits: Bruins lead Stars 2-1 after 40 minutes
Second period quick hits:
Another quick start for the Boston Bruins in the second period where they had great energy. It’s an up-tempo contest at the American Airline Center in which the style the B’s did not want to play, but they are hanging in to this point. The Stars are out-shooting the B’s 21-20.
After Tukka Rask robbed Tyler Seguin with a beautiful glove save, Vernon Fiddler scored his sixth goal of the season in his 700th career game to give the Stars a 1-0 lead early in the second period. It was one that Rask would probably like to have back. The Finnish net minder bounced back nicely, though, as he made some key stops later in the period. He has 20 saves through two periods.
Third time’s a charm for Adam McQuaid as he received a roughing penalty for his third penalty of the evening. The Black and Gold were fortunate enough to kill off another penalty leaving the Stars at 0-for-4 on the night.
Loui Eriksson tied the game at 1-1 when he scored his 11th goal of the season on a great sequence from Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg. Soderberg found a crashing Eriksson with a nifty spin-o-rama pass to even the score late in the second period. This line has been the most effective line for Claude Julien tonight. The trio have combined for three points and four shots so far.
The fourth line came alive and gave the B’s a 2-1 lead with 1:33 remaining in the second period. Craig Cunningham showed some grit and determination staying with the puck leading to Gregory Campbell’s go-ahead tally. It was his first career assist.