Seguin lifts himself out of scoring funk against Habs


Seguin lifts himself out of scoring funk against Habs

MONTREAL Tyler Seguin got a little frustrated at points over the last three weeks, but never wavered that the first real goal of the season was coming.
After two periods on Wednesday night, Seguin had no shots on net, a hooking penalty that wiped out a Bruins power play and a shot that hit the side of the net when he pulled up early with an open path to the net.
For Seguin, who expected much more than one empty net goal scored nine games into the regular season, one wouldnt blame him for thinking it was going to be another one of those nights. Instead, the Bs forwards patience paid off when Seguin scored the first of two rapid third period goals that powered a tight 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
The scoring binge started when Bs coach Claude Julien installed Seguin with David Krejci and Milan Lucic at the beginning of the third period while looking for a spark. Julien and Seguin both got it in a big way, and No. 19 ended it with a badly needed multi-point game in winning fashion.
Seguin is a great player, said Julien. Hes got good speed and good hands and David Krejci has been so consistent for us since the beginning of the year. Tonight I thought he was very good and he makes plays.
Tyler just took advantage of going to the net. Those guys find each other and Tyler scored a big goal. When hes really using that speed he puts defenses on their heels.
The goal started with a turnover created by an aggressive Seguin fore-check that freed up the puck on the very first shift of the third period. The play finished with a beautiful feed from David Krejci after Claude Julien played jumble with the forward lines and found a little inspiration.
Krejci was cycling through the right circle with the puck when he found Seguin circling back toward the net. Seguin unleashed a quick backhand to Carey Prices blocker side and the game was tied 14 seconds into the third period. It was Seguins second goal of the season and the start of a two-point night that nearly doubled his point output for the season.
Seguin stuck his tongue out Michael Jordan-style in celebrating the goal, and certainly hopes its the start of an offensive avalanche for himself and his team. Simple offensive production has been difficult to come by for Seguin, so hes looking forward to seeing if this puts him on an offensive tear.
Well, well find out. I feel like Ive been playing decently well, said Seguin. I definitely can still do better, but Im also definitely getting my shots and my opportunities. I had a couple of goals that were called back and Ive hit a couple of goaltender stick knobs, so things werent going in. Luckily I snuck one in there in the third.
One important thing for Seguin to remember: the first real goal of the season arrived when he put a little more oomph into his two-way play by creating a turnover with an aggressive fore-check in the Montreal end of the ice.

McQuaid cleared to play, nearing return to Bruins lineup


McQuaid cleared to play, nearing return to Bruins lineup

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- It was a bitter pill for Adam McQuaid to sit out the first five games of this season, but it looks like the veteran Bruins stay-at-home defenseman is nearing a return to the lineup. McQuaid was cleared to potentially play in Saturday’s loss to the Montreal Canadiens after an upper body injury kept him shelved for the team’s first four games, and could be approaching a return in the next few days as Claude Julien mulls a number of possible lineup changes.

“It was obviously frustrating, but I’m where I’m at now and trying to move on from it. Looking forward to getting back into the lineup hopefully as soon as possible here,” said the 30-year-old McQuaid, who had a goal and nine points in 64 games for the Black and Gold last season. “The excitement level is high for me, and it is for everybody after a loss when you’re looking forward to getting back out there.

“It would have been nice to have started the season with the guys, but you can’t change that now. I’ve had some good practices, and I’m just trying to my game as simple as possible, and take it as it comes. Obviously guys have played some games and it’s been a couple of weeks for me, so I’ll just have to keep my game simple.”

The B’s bench boss indicated it was only a matter of time before McQuaid makes his 2016-17 regular season debut, but that he’s got plenty of things to decide prior to dropping the puck against the Wild.

“[McQuaid] was cleared last game. I haven’t made any decisions based for [Tuesday night vs. Minnesota]. There’s a lot of things that are up in the air, and I’ve just go to juggle those things,” said Julien. “Who knows? Hopefully tomorrow morning I’ve got a better picture [of injury situation], and if not then it will be game-time decisions. I wish I could have a better answer [on if McQuaid will play], but I’ve got no answers right now.”

With Colin Miller (minus-4), Joe Morrow, Torey Krug (a rough minus-3 against Montreal) and John-Michael Liles all minus players after the first five games of the season, there are ample options for Julien on which potential blueliner to bump up to the press box. McQuaid is just happy he’s getting closer to a return while skating with 23-year-old Rob O’Gara at practice, and he can get back to helping a B’s team that’s smack dab in the middle (ranked 15th allowing 3.0 goals per game) of the NHL for team defense this season. 

Monday, Oct. 24: Bergeron the best defensive forward ever?


Monday, Oct. 24: Bergeron the best defensive forward ever?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while giving The Walking Dead credit for delivering a pile driver to me as a TV viewer last night. I did not see all of that coming.

*Plenty of questions and answers about the Calgary Flames as they’ve looked a little shaky in the early going this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has the Edmonton Oilers straightening things out after the brutal loss to Buffalo.

*NHL captains like Steve Stamkos carry the heavy weight of tradition on their shoulders as they go about their business.

*The Hockey News wonders if Patrice Bergeron is the best defensive forward to ever play in the NHL. I’m certain he’s in the conversation, but that’s a big, bold statement that deserves some heavy consideration. After all, he never had to defend Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Mike Bossy, Gordie Howe or any other number of offensive stars. I certainly think he should be in the select club he would join if/when he wins his fourth Selke Trophy.

*Minnesota D-man Matt Dumba was nearly scratched by the Minnesota Wild, and he says that he’s never going to let that happen again.

*The Anaheim Ducks placed Simon Despres on long term injured reserve as they try to stay afloat salary cap-wise, and avoid dealing off a player in-season.

*For something completely different: The Boston Celtics break ground on a new practice facility adjacent to the new Bruins place.