Seguin's goals will come vs. Leafs

Seguin's goals will come vs. Leafs
May 4, 2013, 11:45 pm
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BOSTON -- The Bruins look for Tyler Seguin to score goals. That's no secret.

And through two games of Boston's first-round playoff series with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Seguin has zero goals. At least, he hasn't been credited with one, officially.

The B's got a much-needed goal on Saturday night, midway through the third period, to cut the Maple Leafs' lead to 3-2, after former Bruin Phil Kessel finished a breakaway in the opening minute of the third to put Toronto up 3-1.

Johnny Boychuk blasted a shot from the right point that somehow got re-directed into the net, past Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer. Right in the middle of that shot-on-goal was Seguin, sneaking in from the back-side at the left post, and fighting for position with Tyler Bozak.

It won't go down as a legendary battle out front, but Seguin did battle to get his stick in the shooting lane of Boychuk's high shot.

The goal was credited to Boychuk. But after it could be argued that Seguin got enough of a piece of it to make sure it got past Reimer and into the net.

"No idea," said Seguin, when asked if the puck hit him or his stick. "I'm just happy it went in. I didn't really care."

Seguin's immediate reaction following the goal was natural. He put his hands up, turned into the corner towards the glass and celebrated, almost waiting for his teammates to come join him in celebration.

The Bruins on the ice did just that. And at the time, it felt like Seguin's goal.

It will go down as Boychuk's second gino of the playoffs. And Seguin walks away from the Game 2 loss scoreless.

The Bruins lost 4-2. The series now tied at 1-1. Game 3 is Monday in Seguin's hometown of Toronto. And the pressure for him to score will be felt all the way back to Boston.

Because leading the NHL in shots on goal with 15 just isn't good enough.

You don't win a Stanley Cup with just "shots-on-goal." You need to finish. And with seven shots in Game 1, and now eight more shots in Game 2, Seguin has yet to "officially" score a goal in the series.

Unfortunately, for Seguin, the player he was essentially traded for -- Kessel -- did score on Saturday night. And he scored a pretty big goal. The game-winner, as it turned out.

Fortunately, for Seguin, it's not as bad as the score sheet looks. After all, 15 shots in two games is still pretty solid. And Reimer robbed him on several occasions in Game 2. And they were "tip-your-cap" type of saves, for sure.

If the Bruins can take anything positive out of a tough Game 2 performance, it's that Seguin was one of their best players. If not their best in all areas of the ice.

"I'm creating opportunities, and obviously, I think in my own zone, I'm playing good down there," said Seguin after Saturday's loss. "But eventually, I'd like to see them go in."

So would everybody else.

But outside of that, Seguin was buzzing on Saturday night. He was putting pucks on net. He was winning battles in front of the net and along the boards. He was even making legitimate defensive plays to prevent scoring opportunities.

And the score sheet won't say it, but he even scored a goal. Maybe.

"That's playoff hockey," said Seguin about his battle out front for Boychuk's shot. "Those are the goals that you definitely take pride in. I think we needed to also do a better job of getting in front of [Reimer]. He played a great game tonight, and I think if we can get more traffic, we'll get more goals going in."

That's no secret. Like it's no secret that Seguin will eventually need to score. But the way he's been playing in this series, the Bruins shouldn't panic.

Seguin's goals will come.