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Stars continue losing streak

11/9/2003

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Bruins finally added a home victory to
their fast start.

Sergei Samsonov had a goal and an assist to lead the Bruins to a
4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night, Boston's first
home win of the season.

Glen Murray, Michal Grosek and Travis Green also scored for
Boston, which was 0-1-2-1 in its first four home games. The Bruins,
who have an Eastern Conference-leading 20 points in 14 games, beat
Dallas for just the second time in 11 games.

The Bruins' terrific start was tarnished by the team's lack of a
home victory. That changed with a three-goal second period
Saturday.

"Regardless of the rink we play in, if we execute the way we're
capable of, we give ourselves a good chance to win," Bruins coach
Mike Sullivan said.

Mike Modano scored for Dallas, which lost its third straight --
all on a three-game East Coast road trip in which the Stars were
outscored 11-2.

Green gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead with his first goal of the
season 4:04 into the second period, deflecting a shot that floated
past Ron Tugnutt's glove.

Samsonov pushed Boston's lead to 3-1 on a give-and-go with
rookie Patrice Bergeron at 9:50 of the second. Tugnutt committed to
Bergeron after Samsonov fed him between the circles. But Bergeron
sent the puck back to Samsonov, who scored into an open net.

Murray put the Bruins ahead 4-1 with a backhanded wrist shot at
16:34 of the second.

Modano opened the scoring 4:03 into the first period, but Grosek
tied it at 17:32 of the first with his second goal.

The Stars have been inconsistent this season, dropping to .500
with the loss. Coach Dave Tippett gave increased ice time to some
of his younger players Saturday, following losses to the Islanders
and the Rangers.

The outcome left Dallas star Bill Guerin wondering which
direction the Stars are headed.

"We better wake up. That was pathetic tonight. We weren't even
close," Guerin said. "We just have to try and work ourselves out
of it, but the key word there is work. We have to get to work. We
have to get serious. We don't play with enough desperation."

Andrew Raycroft stopped 27 of 28 shots for his fourth win of the
season. He has allowed two goals or less in five of seven full
games this season while splitting time with veteran Felix Potvin.

"Tonight, we got a big win but we have to realize its early on
and we can't get ahead of ourselves," Raycroft said.

Tugnutt made 29 saves for Dallas.

Game notes
Stars defenseman Don Sweeney made his first appearance in
Boston since signing with Dallas as a free agent in the offseason.
Sweeney spent 18 seasons playing in Boston -- the last 14 for the
Bruins, and four at Harvard. ... Stars goalie Marty Turco was given
the night off after starting Dallas' first 14 games. He's 6-6-1
with a 2.29 goals-against average. ... San Jose is the only NHL
team without a home win.