BOSTON – Tyler Seguin was riding a nice little string of positive games to start the Stanley Cup Final, and had posted points in each of his first three games while skating with a revived third line for the Bruins.
But the good times came to an end in Game 4 almost immediately when Brandon Saad stripped a puck from Seguin on a Bruins power play in the first period, and that turnover immediately translated into a shorthanded goal for Michael Handzus. That was particularly disappointing for Seguin as he works to be stronger on the puck in those situations, and it also kicked off a rough night for the 21-year-old.
“Maybe they were more determined on some plays, and we weren’t quite ready at the drop of the puck,” admitted Seguin. “Obviously I made that bad play on the power play after drawing the penalty, and then from there it just wasn’t a great night.
“I knew [Saad] was there, but I almost got surprised by him. I’ve been working on being hard on my stick, and he stripped me there. I was flat-footed, so I couldn’t catch up to him on the play. That’s just one that you would like to have back.”
When it was all over Seguin had only a single shot on net and was saddled with a minus-3 rating that was tied with Zdeno Chara for the worst mark of the evening. The bad news is that Game 4 represents the inconsistency that has dogged Seguin throughout the playoffs, but the good news is that the right winger is fully aware of the problem, and focused on improving things.
Claude Julien was preaching for Seguin and everybody else in a Bruins uniform to move on after coming up just short in the thrilling 6-5 overtime loss, and focus on capturing Game 5 in Chicago. That means leaving soft plays in the first period of that game in the rear view mirror, and proving that a lesson was learned the next time the same opportunity presents itself on the ice.
“[Moving on] is part of the mindset. You have to. I think it's important that you put yourself in that position and you believe that you have to put that game aside,” said Julien. “Otherwise, you'll just drag it on for a couple of days. I don't think anything positive will come out of just worrying about what happened [in Game 4].
"Like anything else, we could have lost 10-0 or you lose in overtime. A loss is a loss in the playoffs.
“You hear people saying that all the time. We just have to look at ourselves here, what can we do to be better for the next game versus what could we have done better last night. Nothing you can do about it today, but you can do something about if for the next game.”
So expect Seguin to be among the leaders in the “moving on” category Saturday night in Chicago after feeling like he was partially responsible for the wildly uncharacteristic tenor of Game 4 in Boston.