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Bruins improve to 6-1; beat the Stars 3-1 behind Hall, Ullmark


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Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark makes a save on a shot by Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin in the second period. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Taylor Hall scored the game-clinching goal late in the second period, Linus Ullmark stopped 30 shots and the Boston Bruins beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Tuesday night to improve to 6-1.

It was the third straight score for Hall, who had an overtime goal to beat Minnesota on Saturday after collecting the lone tally in a shootout against Anaheim last Thursday.

David Pastrnak added a power-play goal and an assist, and Patrice Bergeron had an empty goal with 27 seconds left for the Bruins, who went 5-0 unbeaten at home in coach Jim Montgomery’s first season at the head of the team.

Wyatt Johnston scored for Dallas (4-2-1), which lost its second straight game. Jake Oettinger made 26 saves.

In a clash of two of the league’s top teams early in the season, Boston took the lead in the second and held it with consistent defensive play and another solid effort from Ullmark, who made his third start consecutive.

With 63 seconds left in the second, Hall caught Pastrnak’s cross pass once into the net from the right faceoff circle to score his third goal (not including his shootout winner) in the last three games, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

Ullmark made a fine save on Luke Glendening at the end of a 3-1 break with just over 15 minutes left in regulation time. Then added a right-pad save on Joe Pavelski’s shot from the slot with about 90 seconds left.

After a loss to Ottawa on Monday night, the Stars tied the game at 1 on Johnston’s goal at 1:48 of the second. Both Bruins defensemen (Derek Forbort and Connor Clifton) found themselves behind the net trying to reach the puck, but it popped up in front where Johnston slid it past Ullmark just above the crease.

With Johnston in the box for roughness, Boston took the lead when Pastrnak once caught a smooth pass from Hampus Lindholm over Oettinger’s left shoulder from the left circle at 12:49 into the game.

HOT KEEPERS

Both goaltenders entered with 4-0 records and strong goals-against averages. Oettinger finished second in the league at 1.25 and Ullmark came in with a mark of 2.33.

REMARKS

Boston defenseman Brandon Carlo returned after missing the last four games with what he confirmed was a concussion. Along with him, forward Jakub Lauko was sent to Providence from the AHL. … Dallas defenseman Miro Heiskanen has been sidelined with an undisclosed upper-body injury. … Lindholm’s next game will be the 600th of his NHL career.

NEXT

Stars: Host the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

Bruins: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.



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