The Dallas Stars defeated the red-hot Boston Bruins 4-2 on New Year’s Eve. The Stars improved their New Year’s Eve record to 9-4-2 since the club moved to Texas. This is Dallas’ first victory at home against the Bruins since Oct. 5, 2007.
Loui Eriksson opened the scoring for the Stars with a power-play goal in the first period. Eriksson now has eight points (5g, 2a) in six career New Year’s Eve games, including a hat trick in 2009.
Trevor Daley got his 4th goal of the year, also in the first period. Daley’s three points (1g, 2a) gives him a new career-high in a single game. It is the second time this season Daley has recorded two assists in a contest (Dec. 23 vs. Nashville).
Michael Ryder added another goal in the opening period giving him a goal in six of his last seven games played (6g, 2a, 8pts.), and points in eight of his last ten (6g, 4a, 10pts.).
Tom Wandell added a goal late in the 2nd period to close out the Stars scoring. Dallas improves to 12-1-1 since the 2008-09 season when Wandell records a goal.
Before allowing two PP goals to Dallas, Boston had entered the game having killed 26 consecutive power plays and registering a 97.5% PK percentage over their last 11 games.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 18 of 20 shots in the win. The Stars improved their record to 17-1-0 when allowing two-or-fewer goals.