Seguin's shootout goal a good sign

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Seguin's shootout goal a good sign

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.

Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs

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Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs

BOSTON -- The Bruins’ season has gone in extreme swings both up and down thus far through the first couple of months, and that was the case as they lost their third game in a row to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

The Bruins couldn’t only scratch for one goal despite outshooting the Maple Leafs by a 32-20 margin, and fell by a disappointing 4-1 score to the young and talented Toronto club at TD Garden.

The Bruins never enjoyed a lead in the game against the Leafs, and were flirting with danger after failing to score in the first period despite out-shooting Toronto by an 11-2 margin in the game’s opening 20 minutes. Instead it was a David Pastrnak neutral zone turnover in the second period that was picked off by William Nylander, and ended with Auston Matthews firing a rocket over Tuukka Rask for his 12th goal of the season.

Toronto extended the lead with five minutes to go in the period when Zach Hyman tipped a wobbly Jake Gardiner point shot past Rask, and made it three games in a row that the Bruins have dug themselves a considerable hole. Brad Marchand got one goal back at the end of the second period on a nice hustle play as he sealed off Frederik Anderson’s clearing attempt and then stuffed the puck past the Leafs goalie on a second chance bid.

That’s the way the score remained until the third period when the Bruins couldn’t convert on a couple of offensive chances -- included a bang-bang shorthanded bid for Austin Czarnik in front of the net -- and then James van Riemsdyk scored in front as a Toronto power play expired. That was the backbreaker for a Black and Gold bunch that continues to scrap for goals, and has now scored two goals or less in 20 of their 20 games this season.

Connor Brown added an empty netter in the final two minutes of the game to truly put it out of reach for the Bruins.