Bru­ins beat Stars

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

Pa­trice Berg­eron and the Bos­ton Bru­ins kept surg­ing un­der in­terim coach Bruce Cas­sidy, mov­ing up in the race for the play­offs that be­gin in mid-April.

For de­fence­man Johnny Oduya and the Dal­las Stars, the im­me­di­ate fu­ture is much more un­cer­tain.

Berg­eron had two goals and an as­sist as the Bru­ins beat Dal­las 6-3 Sun­day, im­prov­ing to 6-1 since Cas­sidy took over for the fired Claude Julien. Bos­ton com­pleted a 3-1 road trip.

“When your best play­ers are your best play­ers, you’re a good hockey club,” Cas­sidy said. “We’re no dif­fer­ent than any other team out there.”

Berg­eron has “re­ally found his game and hope­fully he stays healthy for us.

“Our top-end guys tonight were win­ning a lot of pucks and we were able to get on the at­tack,” Cas­sidy said.

Berg­eron won 16 of 22 face­offs.

“Right from the get-go I thought we were cre­at­ing a lot of chances in their zone and us­ing our speed,” Berg­eron said. “Brad (Marc­hand, one goal, two as­sists) was find­ing me a lot for great plays, great looks. When they’re go­ing in, some­times you try not to think too much and put the puck on net.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff wasn’t sur­prised.

“Berg­eron’s one of the best two-way play­ers. I’ve been around him in a cou­ple Olympics, and he’s a heck of a player. Marc­hand has gone from mainly known as an­tag­o­nizer, but he’s re­ally turned him­self into a com­plete player,” Ruff said. Dal­las dropped to 24-2810, 12th in the West.

The Stars wel­comed back Oduya, who had missed 15 games be­cause of an an­kle in­jury. He might not stay long, be­cause there’s been spec­u­la­tion about him ahead of Wed­nes­day’s trade dead­line.

“That’s some­thing I’m not go­ing to worry about too much,” Oduya said. “I know what’s go­ing on in this league and how things work. But when that day comes or not, I’ll be pre­pared for that.”

Stars cap­tain Jamie Benn and Bos­ton for­ward David Backes be­gan fight­ing just 2 sec­onds into the game and drew ma­jor penal­ties.

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Bos­ton Bru­ins cen­tre Riley Nash (front) takes the puck against Dal­las Stars cen­tre Tyler Seguin dur­ing NHL hockey ac­tion in Dal­las on Sun­day.

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