It’s probably not a coincidence that both Tyler Seguin and the Bruins’ power play are heating up at exactly the same time.
The talk concerning the 21-year-old after Saturday afternoon’s 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden was more about his goalie moves in front of the net when he deflected a shot as Tuukka Rask scrambled back toward the crease. But the real impact was early in the game when Seguin buried a quick wrist shot from the bottom of the left circle on Boston’s first power play of the game.
It opened up a stretch of three goals scored in 2:18 in the third period, and gave Seguin his fifth goal and seventh point in the last five games. The young Bruins forward also leads the Bruins with five power play points after finishing off a nifty backhanded pass from Milan Lucic at the left post.
Seguin mentioned last week that Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward was watching video of the St. Louis Blues power play with the Bruins forward, and some of that extra work is starting to pay off with quickened puck movement and goal production.
“That’s certainly a good thing to have; a guy like him who can score goals to be productive. He’s certainly did a great job—that was a good shot through, he didn’t have that much space with the player that was in the shooting lane,” said Claude Julien. “I thought he did a good job with that, and certainly that helps our power play.
“You saw again we’re moving the puck a little bit better, we’re moving it quicker, so again we’re just staying on pace to hopefully make sure that our power play is as good as it can be.”
Seguin has six goals and 14 points in his last 13 games, and the Bruins power play has gone 8-for-34 over that same span for a 23.5 percent success rate. The Bruins are beginning to find Seguin for the scoring chances from the left circle that the coaching staff envisioned at the beginning of the season a la Steve Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning power play.
Now the Bruins are up to 20th in the league with a 16.2 percent power play success rate that actually puts them ahead of the Red Wings, Canucks and Rangers this season. It’s not perfect and the Bruins still need to work on their consistency with the man advantage, but young offensive players like Seguin and Dougie Hamilton are finally putting together a power play to be feared rather than laughed at.