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COMMENTARY | Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverly helped the Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011. The championship was the first time in 39 years Lord Stanley's Cup returned in Beantown.

Tuesday night Seguin and Peverly did not receive the warmest of welcomes as the pair entered TD Garden for the first time as visitors. Both players were part of a seven-player deal with the Dallas Stars that brought Reilly Smith and Loui Eriksson to the Bruins.

It was Seguin who received the coldest of welcomes from the TD Garden faithful, but that may change the next time the Stars visit Boston. Peverly gave the Stars a shootout win over his former mates by beating Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask in the fourth-round of the shootout.

Seguin did not hide the fact he was looking forward to the game.

"I have to say it's a special game," the former Bruin told reporters after the game. "I knew where this was on the calendar. I knew my first time in Boston."

Throughout the contest the black and gold faithful taunted Seguin whenever he touched the puck with chants of "Say-guin, Say-guin."

Seguin was the Bruins second overall pick in the 2010 draft and now leads the Stars in scoring this season.

The heroics by the former Bruins was made possible when Dennis Seidenberg tripped Vernon Fiddler on a breakaway with 2:34 left in the third, resulting in a penalty shot. Fiddler went top-shelf against Rask on a back-hand shot to tie the contest at 2-apiece.

Milan Lucic had given the Bruins the lead with his team-leading seventh goal of the season with 8:21 left in the third.

Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron registered the first goal of the shootout, while Seguin tied the shootout on the Stars second attempt.

Peverly sent the slumping Bruins to their second straight loss and fourth in the last five games by sneaking the puck underneath Rask's pads on the fourth and final shot for the Stars.

"I think I was more nervous for this game than I was for any of the Stanley Cup finals," Peverly said. "It was emotional for me, but it was fun to be out there."

Eriksson, who was the prize player the Bruins received in the block-buster trade, missed a chance in the shootout to give the Bruins the win.

It was the forward's first game back after missing five games with a concussion.

Bruins coach Claude Julien did not want any part of the emotional factor of facing his former players.

"I don't care about that," he said. "Give it a break. I am mad because we lost."

Travis David is a Freelance Sports Reporter and an avid Sports Blogger and has been published in the Chicago Sun-Times among other newspapers and websites. Follow him on Twitter @Tdavid_21.

Sources: Quotes gathered from ESPN reports

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