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BSJ Game Report: Bruins 2, Stars 1 – B’s overcome frustrating stretches, 3rd line shows improvement

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 2-1 win against the Dallas Stars in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

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Brad Marchand ends it in overtime: On a night in which the Bruins’ controlled play for extended stretches but had little to show for it — highlighted by four shots that clanged off the post and crossbar  — it seemed fitting for the Black and Gold to come up just short in overtime, trying in vain to push across that elusive game-winning tally despite close to 90 seconds of 5-on-3 play at the end of the extra stanza.

Enter Brad Marchand.

With a shootout awaiting and another valuable point up for grabs, Marchand sealed the win for the B’s over Dallas with 31 seconds to go in OT, snapping one past Anton Khudobin from a tough angle for the 2-1 victory.

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It was a frustrating night for the Black and Gold, given the amount of chances and zone time they mounted against the Stars. But Marchand’s goal does ease some tensions for a team still collecting points despite struggling to find some scoring between its bottom three lines.

Are you a glass half-full or a half-empty individual? Because along with the two points, there were plenty of groups — namely Boston’s third line — that took steps in the right direction against a Dallas club that loves to control the puck and pepper opposing netminders.

Dominant start spoiled by soft goal