You couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2019-20 season for the Bruins, who sailed two pucks past Ben Bishop on their first two shots of the game on Thursday night — with Brett Ritchie and Danton Heinen giving their club some breathing room in the early going. The Stars were slow out of the gate in the opening stanza, with Boston holding a 16-8 edge in 5v5 shot attempts over the first 20 minutes of action.
However, with Boston’s top line and primary power-play unit struggling to settle into a groove, Dallas was able to hang around the contest wore on, eventually tilting the ice back in their favor in the second period off of a tally from Roope Hintz at 7:55.
Ultimately, Boston needed Tuukka Rask to bail the B's out in the closing minutes of the contest, and the netminder delivered — stopping all 16 shots that came his way in the final period of play.
It was far from a perfect game for the Bruins, especially when taking a closer look at the club’s scuffles on the power play and in the top six, but given the circumstances against a tough Dallas club, Boston will certainly take the two points.
It’s far better than a 7-0 loss to the Caps, that’s for sure.