Dallas at Boston

Bruins' Sturm scores twice in rout over Stars

CBSSports.com wire reports

BOSTON, Mass. -- On fight night in Boston, the hometown Bruins skated off with a win.

Marco Sturm scored two goals and Patrice Bergeron added a goal and a great defensive play to help the Bruins beat the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Saturday night.

There were 146 penalty minutes assessed on the two teams, including 77 against Boston in the physical contest. Referees Chris Rooney and Don VanMassenhoven levied seven misconducts.

Bruins rookie Blake Wheeler dug the puck out of the corner and fed Sturm in the left faceoff circle and he fired a one-timer past Dallas goalie Marty Turco 2:41 into the first period to give Boston a 1-0 lead. It was Wheeler's first NHL assist.

Dallas winger Sean Avery wristed a long shot from the right wing that appeared to catch Bruins goalie Tim Thomas by surprise 7:55 into the first period to tie it.

The Stars withstood a four-minute Bruins power play in the first period as Boston defenseman Dennis Wideman missed an open net, and Turco made an acrobatic save on Stephane Yelle all alone in front of the net with 21 seconds left.

Bergeron stole the puck from Dallas defenseman Brenden Morrow behind the net and then stuffed it past Turco to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead in the second period.

Boston scored three times in a wild, fight-filled third period. Avery went at it with the Bruins' Andrew Ference, followed by a bout between Shawn Thornton and the Stars' Krystopher Barch. The fighting was capped by a major brawl with eight minutes left that involved several players from both teams.

"I think they did a great job on the penalty kill and survived that period and came out in the third period and finished the job," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Had we lost our cool, it could have gone the other way."

Bergeron took the puck off Loui Eriksson's stick to prevent the Stars from scoring the tying goal in the third period and the Bruins then put it away. Phil Kessel took a pass off the boards from Marc Savard and fired a shot through Turco's pads for his seventh goal of the season to make it 3-1 and Boston's Mark Stuart followed with a wrister in the slot off a pass from Stephane Yelle.

"We had good opportunities (in the second period)," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "Then we make one mistake the whole period and it's in our net."

Sturm scored his second of the night on a power play off passes from P.J. Axelsson and Michael Ryder to make it 5-1.

Thomas made 35 saves, including 21 in a second period in which he held the Stars scoreless despite a series of power plays.

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Dallas (4-6-2)1001
Boston  (6-3-3) «1135
Three Stars
M. Sturm

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
T. Thomas

Saves: 35
Save Pct.: .972
A. Ference

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
02:41Marco Sturm (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Wheeler, Krejci
07:55Sean Avery (2), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
01:52Patrice Bergeron (3), Snap Shot, Unassisted.
04:07Phil Kessel (7), Snap Shot. Assist: Savard, Ference
11:05Mark Stuart (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Yelle, Wheeler
14:17Power Play - Marco Sturm (3), Snap Shot. Assist: Axelsson, Ryder
Penalty Summary
08:51Ward, 2 min, Holding
10:52Morrow, 2 min, Hooking
10:52Morrow, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
16:26Avery, 2 min, Hooking
57.0Thornton, 2 min, Roughing
57.0Thornton, 2 min, Roughing
01:29Ott, 2 min, Hooking
05:22Avery, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
05:22Ott, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
05:22Lucic, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
05:22Hnidy, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
06:51Neal, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
06:51Wheeler, 2 min, Hooking
08:30Ryder, 2 min, Roughing
15:50Ference, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
17:06Wideman, 2 min, Slashing
04:54Ott, 2 min, Holding
04:54Ference, 5 min, Fighting
04:54Avery, 5 min, Fighting
07:02Turco, 2 min, Interference
07:02Lucic, 2 min, Roughing
07:02Ott, 2 min, Roughing
09:31Thornton, 5 min, Fighting
09:31Barch, 5 min, Fighting
11:37Ott, 10 min, Misconduct
11:37Stuart, 10 min, Misconduct
11:44Niskanen, 5 min, Fighting
11:44Hnidy, 5 min, Fighting
11:44Avery, 2 min, Boarding
11:44Avery, 10 min, Misconduct
11:44Niskanen, 10 min, Misconduct
11:44Hnidy, 10 min, Misconduct
11:44Lucic, 10 min, Misconduct
11:44Savard, 2 min, Roughing
11:44Savard, 10 min, Misconduct
12:50Morrow, 2 min, Hooking
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Marty Turco59:30205
Tim Thomas60:00351
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