After the two teams combined for four fights in the first three minutes of regulation, including three in the first four seconds, the Bruins raced out to a 4-0 lead after the first 20 minutes of play. The Stars also pulled starting netminder Andrew Raycroft after he surrendered two goals on the first two shots he faced.
If you were expecting things to calm down as the game progressed, you were mistaken.
Midway through the second frame, Boston's Daniel Paille was issued a match penalty for this blindside hit to the head of Stars forward Raymond Sawada as he was carrying the puck into the Bruins zone. It's a hit that has already sparked discussion as to how long he'll be suspended once the league reviews it.
The blindside hit Boston's Marc Savard received last season was one of the driving forces behind the NHL's rule change that made such hits against the rules (rule 48). Savard has had major issues in the aftermath of the hit, including another concussion this season, and may be shut down for the remainder of the year.
The Stars, trailing 4-1 at the time of the hit, were given a five-minute power play that could have been an opportunity to help get them back into the game, but failed to score on the man-advantage