WASHINGTON, D.C. Tyler Seguins team-leading 19th goal of the season was a thing of beauty . . . with the assist was even prettier.
With the team down 2-1 in the second period, Seguin snapped his stick behind the net while battling to retain the puck during an offensive cycle. He sped toward the bench and executed a flawless hand-off of a replacement stick with Bruins assistant equipment manager Matt Falconer, then immediately jumped back into the play.
Steve Kampfer had hopped up into a pressure position on Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson with Seguin temporarily out of the picture, and the young defenseman got enough of a piece of Carlsons clear to alter the pucks pathway.
Instead of heading out of the zone, the puck slid right onto Seguins stick as he entered the zone with speed. He attacked the cage while holding the puck with speed, and backhanded a scoring bid over Tomas Vokouns short-side shoulder while charging the front of the net.
Falconer said hes had other stick-tossing moments that led to goals, but never one that took place that fast.
I guess thats my first one, eh? said Falconer. I was going to look for another one of Seguins sticks just in case that one broke after handing it to him, so I didnt actually see the goal. I just heard people yelling and then looked up and Seguin down on the ice after he scored. Everyone else saw it though because my phone has been blowing up with texts from all over the place.
The Falconer-to-Seguin score wasnt enough to help the Bs pull out the game, but at least its given one of the hard-working equipment guys a slice of the limelight for once.
BOSTON – Some nights are emotional, come-from-behind efforts full of hope and energy that the Bruins have turned a corner, and then others are like Thursday night’s slog against the Colorado Avalanche.
The majority of the Bruins simply didn’t show up to start the game, and most of them never really fully showed up in a 4-2 loss to the Avalanche at TD Garden that snapped a 4-0-2 stretch of games with points for the Black and Gold.
It all started with 4-on-4 play during the first period when Matt Duchene was allowed way too much time and space in the offensive zone, and hammered a shot past Anton Khudobin while all alone in the slot. Seven minutes later the Bruins power play was leaking oil all over the ice, and Torey Krug laid out for a puck at the blue line while he couldn’t keep possession. Instead Nathan MacKinnon beat him in a race down the ice and buried a shot past Khudobin to give Colorado a commanding, early 2-0 lead over Boston.
A John Mitchell score on a short side wrist shot off the rush to makes it a 3-0 advantage, and that’s when things turned into the David Pastrnak Show.
The 20-year-old scored a pair of goals to get the Bruins back into the game, electrify the crowd and give Pastrnak an amazing 18 goals scored in 23 games this season. The first was a breakaway after a long stretch pass from Tim Schaller connected with the dangerous Pastrnak, and the second was a bazooka one-timer off a Brad Marchand feed from the corner.
Unfortunately the Bruins couldn’t hold onto that momentum while playing at their lollygagging pace for the night, and allowed a late Carl Soderberg score late in the second period that wiped out all of their momentum.
It was a rough night all-around, and that goes for Khudobin as well while allowing four goals on 20 shots that dropped his record to 1-4-0 on the season.
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