Seguin takes a page out of Kane's book in shootout

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Seguin takes a page out of Kane's book in shootout

One underrated aspect to Tyler Seguins lockout time spent over in Switzerland was the opportunity it gave him time to compare shootout notes with dangerous Blackhawks sniper Pat Kane.

The two were teammates in Biel, and many wondered if the notorious Kane would be a negative off-ice influence on Seguin. But the 20-year-old unsheathed a nasty little Kane-ish glove-side sniper shot in the extra session on Monday afternoon that helped push the Bruins to a 2-1 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets at TD Garden.

So clearly the on-ice Kane influence was pretty good.

Patrice Bergerons shootout score was the ultimate deciding strike when he tucked a puck through Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec's five-hole, but it was Seguins nasty little scoring maneuver that set the tone.

Ive been doing it for a while, I just havent really done it in a game. Patrick Kane does it better than me for sure, it was pretty cool to watch him do it in Switzerland, said Seguin. I knew the whole way I wanted to go glove, I hadnt decided if I was going to go with speed or without speed until I really picked up the puck in the shootout. I just decided to slow it down and thats how it worked out.

Pavelec looked like a deer-in-headlights as Seguin slowed to a crawl on his shootout rush, and then flicked the biscuit inside the post to the glove-side with nary a reaction from the goaltender. It was a new strategy and a different tact from Seguin, who has already become an accomplished performer in the shootout over the last two seasons.

But rather than relying on speed and dazzling athleticism to overpower the goaltender as in the recent past, he slowed things down and owned the goalie's glove hand.

I just havent really had the guts to do it in an actual shootout. I think Ive done a lot of shootouts since Ive come here and most of them, I usually like to use my speed, said Seguin, who also assisted to Brad Marchand on Bostons only goal of the game in the first period when he picked off an errant clear attempt inside Winnipegs defensive zone. But youve got to mix it up, because theres video these days and people looking around. So Ive got a few more that Im willing to try.

Seguin led the Bruins with six shootout scores (6-for-12 good for 50 percent success rate) and four game-deciding shootout goals last season, and looks well on his way to doing that again this year. Overall the Bruins were 9-3 in shootouts last year in their first successful shootout season in recent history. That will be a big advantage for the Black and Gold again this year if they can uphold that trend in a shortened campaign where every point matters so significantly.

That is provided Seguin keeps digging into his bag of tricks and coming up with offensive moves that make other NHL goaltenders like just as hopelessly helpless as Pavelec did on Monday afternoon.

Monday, Jan. 15: Matthews jersey sells for big money

Monday, Jan. 15: Matthews jersey sells for big money

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering what Claude Julien would do if one of the Bruins players was running Facebook Live during his postgame comments.
 
*Auston Matthews is obviously making a huge impression in Toronto as his Centennial Classic jersey sold for over $11,000 at a charity auction.
 
*Clark Booth knows it’s time to talk about the NFL, but instead he wants to talk about Milt Schmidt. I agree with Clark.

*Sabres goalie Robin Lehner says that his Buffalo teammates need to start doing their job as the season circles down the drain.

*Pierre McGuire talks with TSN sports radio about the Ottawa Senators, and the tough road trip coming up for them.
 
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has more bad news for the Tampa Bay Lightning as Ryan Callahan is going to be out for another four weeks with a lower body injury.
 
*As the Detroit Red Wings continue to round up the bottom in the Atlantic Division, Thomas Vanek may become trade bait.
 
*Peter Budaj is giving the Kings the saves that they need with Jonathan Quick out long term with injury.
 
*For something completely different: Tom E. Curran points out some togetherness issues with the Pittsburgh Steelers based on Antonio Brown’s Facebook post.
 

B's determined to 'keep it going' during good offensive run

B's determined to 'keep it going' during good offensive run

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- The Bruins are going through a nice, little bountiful stretch of offense right now after a half-season of struggle.

The Bruins are averaging more than three goals per game in their last 12 contests, and have scored a whopping 22 goals in their last six games including dropping six scores on the Flyers Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Combine that with the 7-for-25 performance on the power play during the month of January, and things are finally starting to catch up with a Bruins team that was all shoot/no score for months of frustrating hockey this season.

“If you want sustained success then you have to be good defensively, but you also have to score some goals. That’s definitely part of it and we have to keep it going,” said Patrice Bergeron, who has four goals and eight points in his last nine games after struggling out of the starting gate. “You’re not going to get rewarded every night like we did [against the Flyers], but you have to find that consistency where you’re close to having that every night.”

One thing nobody should expect out of the B’s, however, is to get outside of what they do well now that they’ve started slapping some numbers up on the board. Instead the Bruins are intent on their bedrock of disciplined defense and sensational goaltending with the added offense just making it much tougher to beat them these days.

“I don’t know if we can stand here and say we’re going to sustain that we’re scoring lots of goals. I think what we need to sustain here is winning more games than we lose,” said Claude Julien. “That’s what we’ve got to sustain. Whether it’s a 1-0 or 2-1 game, or it’s a 5-2 or 5-3 game it doesn’t really matter. It’s about winning hockey games much more than it’s about how much you scored, and how much you don’t score.

“Overall when I look at the scoring chances we’re giving up per game, that doesn’t seem to have changed. Goals allowed may have changed a little bit lately, but overall I think we’ve been very steady in that area [of defense].”

So now the Bruins will again be looking for that ideal balance of offense/defense when they take the ice against the Islanders on Monday afternoon for their second straight matinee at TD Garden.