RALEIGH, NC Almost like clockwork, mere hours after Tyler Seguin talked about netting himself an empty-net goal to kick-start his season, the 20-year-old Bruins wunderkind potted an empty-netter to finish off the scoring in a 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.
It was Seguins first goal of the season, and perhaps released some of the pressure he admitted to CSNNE.com that hed been feeling prior to the game.
Ive had pressure on myself since I didnt have a goal after one period in the first game of the year. Youve just got to not get frustrated, said Seguin. You know when you get one that youll get a bunch, and I just need to bear down and focus on the chances Im getting. Its about just keep shooting pucks at the net.
The young Bs forward started off his two-point night with a secondary assist on Zdeno Charas power play strike from the high point in the first period. He had another great scoring chance when he ripped a Steve Stamkos-esque one-timer from the left face-off dot during one power-play possession in the second period, but Carolina goalie Cam Ward was up to the task in saving that hot shot.
Seguin tied with Rich Peverley for the team lead with five shots on net, and had his most active game of the season. The 20-year-old skill player was even credited with throwing out a pair of registered hits in his 17:18 of ice time.
But it was the possibility of scoring an empty-netter that had him on the ice in the final seconds of the game. Claude Julien admitted as much afterward. The coach hoped that getting Seguin his first goal of the season will allow him to focus in offensively.
The empty net goal is a little bit of the reason why we put him out there . . . it certainly wasnt because of his board play, said Claude Julien with a playful smirk on his face. It was an opportunity to get the monkey off his back. If anybody can blow the zone and get to those empty nets its Seggy.
Now Seguin sits with a goal and three points in his first five games of the season, and is actually close to the pace that began last season where he ended up as the teams leading goal-scorer and point-getter.
It remains to be seen whether the empty-net special the first of Seguins NHL career allows him to go on the offensive tear that the Bruins seem to be waiting for from their ultra-talented youngster.