Boston Bruins defeat Dallas Stars, 5-1

The Bruins had long skated off the TD Banknorth Garden ice last night with a 5-1 win tucked in their pockets, but Marc Savard was still watching the replays of the third-period melee, marveling especially at how Shane Hnidy tuned up Dallas counterpart Matt Niskanen.

There is a faction among hockey watchers that turns its collective nose up at the fights and brawls that were the norm three decades ago. But last night, one of the few occasions when the gloves drop and the...