NEW YORK -- It was a bittersweet mixture of highs and lows for Tyler Seguin in Boston’s Game 4 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Seguin, 21, scored his first goal of this year's playoffs -- in the 11th postseason game -- and it appeared that it was going to be the game-winner in the third period. But the young winger was also involved in a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty in the third period that led to a Rangers power play, and the Blueshirts' game-tying goal, en route to a 4-3 loss at Madison Square Garden.
“There was a sigh of relief and a confidence-booster to finally get one in,” admitted Seguin, who finished with two points in 12:16 of ice time. “It was a tough game. It was a weird game. You’ve got to give credit to them. They played a hard game. We knew it would be a tough one to win, and some of the goals we kind of gave it to them.
“It’s a fresh new slate. We’ve got to better, and play on our toes rather than our heels. We need to go home (for Game 5) and come out stronger.”
Seguin led the Bruins with six shots on net and was engaged offensively throughout the contest. The high point was clearly his goal, scored seconds after a Boston power play had expired. Seguin carried the puck through the slot with speed, fed Dougie Hamilton on the other side of the ice, and continued toward the net without slowing down while the 19-year-old blueliner found him with the give-and-go pass.
Seguin fired from the left circle on Henrik Lundqvist, who kicked the rebound right back out to him for a successful second effort shot that turned into his first goal of this year’s playoffs.
“That was a good play by Dougie,” said Seguin. “You’ve seen him make that play a lot this year, and I just wanted to be ready when it came my way.”
Nobody thought it would take this long, and that probably played into the cathartic punch Seguin threw at the boards while celebrating a goal he’s been waiting weeks to score.
Unfortunately, Seguin was also the player who jumped over the boards when Shawn Thornton called for a line change midway through the third period. Neither player touched the puck and Thornton was within three feet of the Bruins bench when the call was made, but it’s the kind of play that should be chalked up to the home-ice advantage for the Rangers at MSG.
“I think it was my fault,” said Seguin. “I saw Thornton coming [to the bench], and I think he got (which slowed his progress). I don’t know. I haven’t seen the replay. He stayed out for an extra second, and the center touched the puck. It wasn’t me, but I’m not sure about the ruling on that one. Regardless it was a close call, and they made us pay for it.”
Brian Boyle scored from the slot to tie things up at 3-3, and that set the stage for the Rangers to extend the series with an overtime game-winner from Chris Kreider. The good news for the Bruins: Seguin now has his swagger back in full form after finally scoring a goal, and that should make all the difference.