CHICAGO -- Tyler Seguins game awareness and overall approach have matured incredibly after a year in the NHL, and Saturday nights 3-2 shootout win over the Blackhawks served as an example of that.
Seguin finished with an assist and four shots on net in 20:08 of ice time in the victory, and more importantly bagged the game-winning shootout goal while gigantic Chicago names like Toews, Kane and Sharp were denied at the other end of the ice.
The second-year player is now 5-for-9 during his career in shootout chances and has two game-winning goals in the extra session numbers that put Seguin into the bona fide weapon category when it comes to shootouts that have confounded the Bruins at times in the past.
He was a weapon last year, so I would expect that out of him," said coach Claude Julien. "In fact Id expect him to maybe be even better than he was last year. He read the play really well when he went in there and shot. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was probably expecting a deke and it was in the back of the net before he knew what happened.
The 19-year-old once again looked comfortable and dangerous setting up scoring chances for Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic throughout the 65 minutes of up-and-down hockey against the Blackhawks.
Seguin picked up the helper on Hortons game-tying goal in the third period created largely by the grunt work down low in the zone by Johnny Boychuk, and closely studied Crawford during a Peverley breakaway in overtime that he missed high over the crossbar.
To be honest, when Peverley had that breakaway in overtime I watched it on the replay and I was thinking about pulling off that same move with the backhanded lob, Seguin said. But then I really thought if I could get the shot off quick through the five-hole that I could take him by surprise a little bit. I was able to do that.
To beat a goalie in the shootout is something I really like doing. It was huge to bounce back against a great team when we really needed the win.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.
*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.
*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.
*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.
*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.
*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.
*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.
*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.
BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.
Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.
Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.
Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.
“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”
Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game: