Seguin snaps slump with Bergeron, Marchand

Seguin snaps slump with Bergeron, Marchand
May 14, 2013, 12:00 pm
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GAME 7: BRUINS 5, LEAFS 4

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BOSTON -- It wasn’t until the overtime game-winner in Game 7, but Tyler Seguin finally broke onto the score sheet at exactly the right time.

Claude Julien was originally going to throw Rich Peverley out with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron for a shift six minutes into the overtime session, but instead yelled “Seggy” at the last minute. The Bruins head coach reunited No. 19 with his normal linemates for their first shift at just the right time after using Jagr instead of Seguin for most of the game.

Changing back to their normal lines paid dividends for the Bruins as both Seguin and Bergeron teamed for the improbable, electric, decisive 5-4 Game 7 victory over the Leafs at TD Garden.

“Claude yelled out to the bench ‘Bergie, March and Pevs’, and I don’t even know why but I looked down the bench at him,” said Seguin. “He kinda looked at me and yelled ‘Seggy’ and I jumped out there with [Bergeron and Marchand].

“It was like a movie . . . I don’t know. It was incredible to be a part of, and I guess we like to make it difficult on ourselves. I think we all saw that a couple of years ago with how many times we came back from being down a couple of goals. It seemed like all series we were a different team when we were down a couple of goals. I don’t want to do that again in the next round, though.”

The rest is history as Seguin earned an assist on the Bergeron game-winning scramble in front of the net just 6:05 into the first overtime. After both Seguin and Johnny Boychuk fired shots at the Toronto net to keep up the pressure, Marchand found Bergeron one more time from the right circle.

That allowed Seguin to win a battle with Jake Gardiner in front of the Boston net, get a quick shot off and then allow Bergeron to slam a loose puck into the net while chaos reigned all around James Reimer.

“You have to play on your toes, not on your heels. You have to play to win, and if you do that you’re giving yourself a chance,” Julien said. “Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But it’s not a very complicated thing as you’ve seen.

“In overtime any shot on net is a good shot. Our guys did a great job. Tyler [Seguin], who has been criticized a lot this series, if you watched the winning goal did one heck of a job in front of that net before he [Bergeron] puts it in.”

Seguin wouldn’t have it any other way after watching Reimer stop all 29 shots he fired on the Toronto net during the seven game series, but he also might have had a little motivational help from a certain Bruins enforcer. Shawn Thornton paid a visit to Seguin’s stall before the overtime, and gave No. 19 a little Tony Robbins-style motivational chat.

“Before overtime, Thornton let me know that he was pretty much expecting something [from us], so it was good to see Bergeron get rewarded and our line get on the board,” said Seguin.

It was the first goal of the series where Bergeron, Seguin and Marchand all factored into the scoring together, and it arrived at exactly the right time.

It was also Seguin’s first point in seven playoff games against the Toronto team he grew up rooting for as a hockey-loving son of Brampton, Ontario.

That’s far from the storybook ending he might have dreamed up somewhere along the way, but it left Seguin smiling and hopeful as he started making plans to head out for a celebratory spa trip Tuesday after a hard-earned Game 7 win on Monday night.