Raycroft had 27 saves for his first career shutout, and Brian Rolston scored twice as the Bruins won for the first time this
season, beating the Dallas Stars 2-0 Wednesday night.
"We dodged a bullet tonight against a hungry team and a
talented group," Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said.
The Stars hit the goal post four times -- twice by center Jason Arnott -- and failed to capitalize on six power plays.
"They worked the net and created some chances," said Raycroft,
who raised his career record to 7-9-2. "We needed some breaks, and
we got them tonight."
Rolston scored in the first period and added an empty-net
goal with 3.7 seconds remaining to provide all the offense for the
Bruins, who were outshot 27-13.
The Bruins, 0-6-3 in their last nine meetings with the Stars,
killed four Dallas power plays in the third period.
"We created a number of quality chances, but we couldn't
finish," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "Sometimes that happens.
He made some quality saves, and we hit some posts. It was
frustrating. We did some good things but didn't get a win out of
Dallas put on the pressure in the second period, but Raycroft
stopped all 15 shots to preserve the Bruins' one-goal lead.
"We felt it was a matter of time before we scored, but he played
a great game," Stars defenseman Richard Matvichuk said. "We're
happy with our effort, but we're not happy with the loss."
Rolston scored his first goal of the season with 2:52 left in
the opening period, converting P.J. Axelsson's goal-mouth feed.
Tippett benched three of his top players -- Turco, Mike Modano,
and Sergei Zubov -- in the third period of Monday's 4-3 defeat at
Buffalo, and Tippett got a more hardworking game from his team
against the Bruins.
"It was a solid effort," Tippett said. "Now we're looking for
The crowd of 18,289 ended the Stars' streak of 238 consecutive home sellouts, including playoffs. ... The Stars announced that team executives Les Jackson and Guy Carbonneau have been given the title of assistant general manager. Jackson has been director of hockey operations, and Carbonneau has been special assistant to general manager Doug Armstrong. Their duties won't change. ... RW Martin Lapointe made his season debut for the Bruins. Lapointe missed the first three games while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. ... Stars RW Jere Lehtinen was scratched with back spasms. Before the game, Lehtinen received the Selke Trophy he won last season as the league's top defensive forward.
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Arena: American Airlines Center Location: Dallas, Texas
Referees: Kevin Pollock, Dean Warren Linesmen: Pat Dapuzzo, Don Henderson
Attendance: 18,289 (98.7% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Brian Rolston (1)
Assists: P.J. Axelsson, Patrice Bergeron
No scoring this period
Brian Rolston (1)
(Empty Net) Assist: Joe Thornton