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Stars edge Bruins in shootout, 2-1

Saturday, 01.14.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Stars edge Bruins in shootout, 2-1
By Jeremy Lemoine

BOSTON - Tim Thomas made 37 saves in his first start of the season, but Stars forward Jussi Jokinen scored the lone shootout goal to lift Dallas to a 2-1 win over the Bruins Saturday afternoon.

"I thought we played with intensity, I thought we played with effort, and I thought we made the right decisions with the puck for the most part tonight," said Coach Mike Sullivan. "We did a lot of good things. Obviously, it's discouraging we lost in a shootout, but it's that type of intensity and effort that is going to get us where we want to go.

"I thought Tim Thomas was real solid tonight. He made some timely saves, especially on the penalty kill. That kind of goaltending gives you a chance to win. It's tough to win when you only score one goal, even when you play solid in your own end. We have to find a way to score goals. When you go to the net, you generate scoring chances. We did that tonight, playing that way, but we just weren't able to score."

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead at 6:05 of the second period on Milan Jurcina's fifth goal. He collected the puck at the right point and fired a shot on net that deflected off Dallas forward Jason Arnott's stick and past Marty Turco. Jurcina has now scored five of the Bruins' last eight goals over four games.

"I'm getting more opportunities and I've been shooting when I get the chance," said Jurcina. "They put me on the power play too, so that helps. I feel pretty good out there after these last four or fives games. I'm more comfortable."

Dallas tied the game at 1-1 at 8:42 of the third period when Sergei Zubov and Mike Modano finished off a two-on-one breakaway. Modano connected with Zubov, who roofed it for his sixth goal of the season.

The Bruins pressured hard throughout the third, but Turco came up big for the Stars and sent the game into overtime.

In overtime, Boston had a chance to end it when Sergei Samsonov was sent in alone with just 18 seconds left, but Turco again was there for the right-pad save.

The Stars won the shootout on a goal by Jokinen who went second in the order. Jokinen went in on Thomas and made a move that pulled Thomas out of the net, before he slid the puck back across the crease and tucked it in the net with one hand on his stick. Thomas turned away Zubov's and Modano's breakaway bids, while Marty Turco shut the door on Patrice Bergeron, Marco Sturm, and Sergei Samsonov.

"I felt pretty good tonight, so I'm happy with my performance," said Thomas. "It's disappointing we didn't win the shootout though. I really felt good going into it. It just didn't work out. I went out there and played my game, so I'm encouraged. My last NHL game was three years ago so that's tough. I just wanted to help the team and give them a chance to win by keeping the score as close as I could."

The Bruins will play host to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. (NESN). The game will wrap up the Bruins seven-game homestand.
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