UFO forces Seguin to re-shoot in shootout


UFO forces Seguin to re-shoot in shootout

BOSTON -- It's unknown exactly what type of food product was thrown onto the ice during Tuesday night's shootout. But whatever it was, it forced Tyler Seguin to shoot again.

"I'm hoping there was a New Jersey Devils logo on the guy's jersey who threw it," said Seguin after Boston's 2-1 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils at the TD Garden. "I don't see one of our Bruins fans doing that. But I guess I'm glad it worked out in the end."

Seguin got the shootout started by scoring top-right, but after celebrating and getting all the way back to the bench, the on-ice officials called him back out to shoot again.

It was the result of an "unidentified food object" that was thrown from the stands and slid across the goal line behind Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg as Seguin put the puck top-right.

"I think it probably affected me more than the goalie," said Seguin. "I don't understand how it affected him more. But someone looked up the rules, and I guess it's a do-over."

Seguin -- who admitted he was "angry" -- came back out and changed it up. Instead of going right, he faked the shot upstairs, pulled it to his backhand, and lifted it over Hedberg's right pad for the goal.

"It actually crossed my mind to do the same thing," said Seguin. "Maybe he wouldn't expect that."

But Seguin didn't do the same thing. And the hockey gods showed the game justice.

"At the end of the day, it worked out because he scored and he deserved to score again," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "I guess justice prevailed right there."

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

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.


Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

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: