Bruins fall despite strong showing from Seguin

Bruins fall despite strong showing from Seguin
March 17, 2013, 6:00 pm
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PITTSBURGH -- Tyler Seguin shouldn’t have had anything to hang his head about after a stunningly-good performance against the Penguins on Sunday afternoon.

The 21-year-old scored Boston’s only goal of the game, led the Bruins with five shots on net and led all Bruins forwards with 20:31 of ice time -- the first time in recent memory that Seguin has logged more time than Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci or Brad Marchand.

It was clear in his very first shift of the game that Seguin had good skating legs despite playing his third game in the last four days, and he helped carry his line on a day when Bergeron and Marchand were a little more ordinary than normal.

For most of the tilt it looked like somebody had a video game controller and was wearing out the turbo button whenever No. 19 had the puck on his stick.

The goal was a thing of beauty: Johnny Boychuk's shot from the right point bounced off a Pittsburgh defender battling with Patrice Bergeron in the front of the net and it deflected right over to Seguin waiting at the left circle.

Seguin unloaded before Vokoun recovered, and he had his 10th goal of the season, making him the second Bruins player this season behind Marchand to crack double digits in goals scored. The Bruins forward was part of a Boston offensive attack that Claude Julien was satisfied with given the circumstances surrounding the game, but everybody -- including Seguin -- felt that things could have been a little better defensively against a high-octane attack like Pittsburgh.

One too many breakdowns cost them in the game, even if Seguin wasn’t on the ice when they happened.

“I thought when we were in there zone we had a high guy, and we were really competing well,” said Seguin. “When we are in our defensive zone they were doing the same thing. If we had the same intensity in the defensive zone that we had in the offensive zone then things would have worked out better for us.”

But the 21-year-old also missed on a wraparound attempt with just less than seven minutes to go in the third period on a goal that would have tied the game, and likely salvaged at least a point by pushing the Penguins to overtime. Seguin had set himself up perfectly by pressuring Pittsburgh goalie Vokoun, who seemed to be stuck midway between freezing the puck for a whistle or playing it to one of his defenseman.

Instead Seguin took the puck from Vokoun at the right post, wheeled behind the net and looked to have some daylight for a wraparound attempt at the opposite post. The Bruins forward rushed the shot ever so slightly as defenders collapsed on him, and instead his shot skittered through the crease without deflecting off anything along the way.

It harmlessly shot out toward the corner, and Seguin gave a dejected motion before jumping back into the play.

“I just tried to wraparound quick and it didn’t go off anything. It just went right through,” said Seguin. “You’d like to see a bounce there. They had a guy coming back, so maybe a split second later and it would have went in.”

In a close contest with the two top teams in the East battling each other, sometimes it’s just one little thing or a split-second situation that can dictate the game’s ultimate fate.

On Sunday afternoon those minute details didn’t go the way of Seguin and his Black and Gold teammates despite his best efforts.