BOSTON (AP)—The Boston Bruins finally added a home victory to their fast start.
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.”
“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.
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 onlyNHL team without a home win.