Jokinen scored the only goal of the shootout to lift Dallas to a
2-1 victory over the Bruins on Saturday, the Stars' season-high
sixth straight win.
Jokinen, a teammate of Thomas' in Finland four seasons ago
before the pair played against each other last year, slid the puck
across the crease before reaching back and tucking it into the net.
"Tim Thomas played in the same league as me last season, so I
had to change something," said Jokinen, a perfect 5-for-5 in
shootout chances this season. "On the bench before the shootout, I
was talking to (backup goalie) Johan Hedberg and he said that I
should try something new."
Jokinen said he's been working on the move in practice the past
"Our goalies know my moves now," he said.
And so does Thomas.
"I didn't expect it because it's a difficult move to pull
off," Thomas said. "You can look great like he did or you can
look like an idiot. It's a great move."
But it was Jokinen's goal that gained all the attention.
"That was a new move we saw today," Dallas coach Dave Tippett
said. "He brought that one out of the closet."
Thomas, making his first start since April 5, 2003, made 37
saves before the shootout. The Stars improved to 5-0 in shootouts,
while the Bruins dropped to 0-3.
"I thought we did a lot of good things, but it's discouraging
to lose in a shootout," Boston coach Mike Sullivan said. "We
played with good intensity and effort."
Dallas had a 1-0 lead after two shooters and Samsonov shot the
puck into Turco's pads, ending the shootout.
"It's just another game we found a way to win," Turco said.
Samsonov broke in alone with 18 seconds left in OT, but Turco
slid across for a right-pad save.
The Bruins took a 1-0 lead on Milan Jurcina's goal 6:05 into the
second period. He collected a loose puck at the right point and
fired a shot that caromed off Dallas forward Jason Arnott's stick,
slipping by Turco inside the right post.
Jurcina also made a nice play late in the period when he chased
down Brenden Morrow, breaking in alone, and forced a tough shot
that Thomas came diving out to stop.
In the midst of a miserable week for Boston, Jurcina has been a
bright spot, scoring five of the Bruins' last eight goals over four
In a free-flowing opening period, the Bruins looked much more
inspired than Thursday night when they were blanked 6-0 by Los
Angeles and left after the final horn to a chorus of boos.
Boston was coming off its two most lopsided home losses of the
season, also losing 6-2 to San Jose on Tuesday.
Boston was without defenseman Brian Leetch (injured groin)
and RW Glen Murray (bruised foot). ... The Stars had allowed the
fewest shots on goal in the league entering Saturday's games. ...
The Bruins are 2-4 on a seven-game homestand. ... Dallas has
outscored opponents 12-1 in its last eight games.