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.

Krejci more disappointed in losing Eriksson than missing out on Vesey


Krejci more disappointed in losing Eriksson than missing out on Vesey

BRIGHTON – The Bruins held their first informal skate at the new Warrior Ice Arena on Monday morning and there were a number of players present that also took part in the Jimmy Vesey recruiting session a few weeks ago.

Both Torey Krug and David Krejci skated on Monday along with John-Michael Liles, Frank Vatrano, Adam McQuaid and Noel Acciari, and those two aforementioned Black and Gold veterans were also part of the recruiting group that met with the former Harvard captain at their new practice facility.

A few days later, Vesey spurned the Bruins to sign with the New York Rangers, and the reactions weren’t all that overheated from the B’s players. Krug played with Vesey on Team USA during the World Championships a little more than a year ago, and didn’t really begrudge the highly sought Hobey Baker Award winner choosing the Blueshirts.

“I’m not going to go into details. He had the right to do what he did, and obviously it was a smart decision to interview with all those teams and figure out the best fit for him,” said Krug. “We wanted to him here, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. Now we move on, and there’s an opportunity for other guys to step in and take that spot. This group moving forward, we’re highly motivated this year.”

Krejci would have been Vesey’s center, as pitched by the Bruins management in the meeting with Vesey, but that wasn’t enough to woo him to play pro hockey in his hometown. Krejci said he was more disappointed losing linemate Loui Eriksson than falling short in the Vesey sweepstakes. The carousel of changing wingers will be moving once again for the B’s pivot.

“I wasn’t really disappointed with that guy. Obviously I’d heard he was a good player, but he has to prove himself on the NHL level. I was more disappointed that we weren’t able to keep Loui. I felt like we had some good chemistry going,” said Krejci, referencing 30-goal scorer Eriksson departing for the Vancouver Canucks and a six-year, $36 million contract. “It was tough to see him go, but I’m getting kind of used to seeing my guys, my favorite guys, going away [like] Milan [Lucic], Nathan [Horton] and [Jarome] Iginla.

“So I’m going to have to play my game, and find chemistry with whoever is going to play on my line. I did meet him, and talked to him a bit. In the summer there aren’t many [hockey] things for people to talk about, so this [Vesey watch] was something for people to talk about. Obviously there was pressure on him, but he brought it on himself, I guess. I feel like he would have been a good fit on our team, but he made the decision he did. I don’t know exactly why he made the decision that he didn’t want to stay [in Boston], but it’s his career and he has all the right to decide where it is he wants to play.”

So Vesey becomes just another Harvard grad headed to New York City to start his career, and the Bruins will likely turn to Vatrano or perhaps rookie playmaker Danton Heinen as left wing candidates alongside Krejci and David Pastrnak after Boston missed out on both Eriksson and Vesey this summer. 


Monday, Aug. 29: Jones settles in as ‘the man’ with Sharks


Monday, Aug. 29: Jones settles in as ‘the man’ with Sharks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while largely satisfied with the payoff from “The Night of” on HBO. I’m fully satisfied from watching that rather than catching even one minute of the VMAs.

*Martin Jones is still pretty new to all of this as he settles into his role as “the man” between the pipes for the San Jose Sharks.

*Alex Ovechkin is now a married man, apparently.

*A pretty good rundown on a piece about the explosion of statistical analysis in sports where so much of it is simply stating the obvious. I don’t need a bar graph to tell me a player is struggling when I can plainly see it on the ice.

*Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is optimistic that his team can overcome the injury bug to start their season defending their Stanley Cup championship.

*Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen has had a long offseason to ponder his Game 7 meltdown in the playoffs.

*This Alex Radulov era in Montreal promises to be an interesting one for both the enigmatic, talented Russian and the Habs.

*For something completely different: I’m sure pro wrestling aficionado James Stewart is a little green with envy that my Mr. Fuji tweet made the Washington Post. It was a sad day learning that the Devious One had been elevated up to the big squared circle in the sky.