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.