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."

Bruins need to 'find a way to start playing with a lead'

Bruins need to 'find a way to start playing with a lead'

BOSTON -- There’s only so long that a team can hope to thrive, or even survive, in the NHL if they’re constantly chasing the game on the scoreboard, and chasing the puck after digging themselves a hole. The Bruins have been that team in the first couple of weeks during the regular season, and made it five times in five games that they’ve given up the game’s first goal in an eventual 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden.

It’s a pattern that is long past getting old to Bruins head coach Claude Julien, who can’t seem to play the front-runner this season despite three comebacks that have allowed for a 3-2-0 record overall this season.

“I hope it’s not a habit. It’s certainly not what we’re looking for, but there’s no doubt. I think it’s pretty obvious that with the amount of games we’ve played, five games, we haven’t scored first,” said Julien. “We talked about that this morning, trying to get that first goal, and it hasn’t happened yet.”

The start to the game wasn’t really the problem on Saturday night as it’s been a couple of times this season. Instead the Bruins enjoyed a handful of quality scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes against the Habs, but couldn’t come through and finish off those plays when it might have meant an early lead.

Instead it lead to what Julien termed a “terrible” second period that was flat, full of mistakes and ended with the B’s trailing Montreal by a couple of goals. The Bruins scratched and clawed their way to making it a one-goal game in the third period, but that was as close as the Black and Gold would get in losing their ninth straight home game to the arch-rival Canadiens.

“It’s kind of been a story about how things are going for us this far, we’ve got to find a way to start playing with a lead. If you don’t capitalize on your chances, you see what happens when you come out [flat] in the second period,” said Torey Krug, who finished a game-worst minus-3 in the loss for the Bruins. “We had another poor second period and you know it’s kind of… you got to make sure that we put our hand on that and it doesn’t become a thing for the team this year. You see that when you don’t capitalize on chances early, that’s what’s going to happen.”

It’s been a positive development that the Bruins have shown the willingness and backbone to fight back into games after early deficits, and they showed that quality once again on Saturday night by scoring a couple of goals in the third period to keep things close. But the Bruins would be best served if they can start lighting the lamp a little earlier in these games, and see how the other half lives by playing with a comfortable lead every once in a while.