Seguin ends scoring drought with empty-netter


Seguin ends scoring drought with empty-netter

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 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.

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while rooting for “Manchester By the Sea” to upset some favorites at the Oscars.

*Sidney Crosby and Auston Matthews top the annual NHL coaches' poll produced by TSN Insider Bob McKenzie.

*The oral history of Fox’s glowing puck used for the NHL during their run with the league is an entertaining one.

*Mike Babcock gives pep talks to the reporters along with his own players while running the show in Toronto.

*The Vegas Golden Knights are moving forward with their timetable toward hiring a coach with some good candidates out there now, and some other ones potentially available soon. I’ve wondered if Claude Julien would be interested in that spot if he’s let go by the Bruins this season, but the one sure thing is that he wouldn’t be out of work long if he is relieved of his duties.

*Claude Giroux needs to start playing a little more fearlessly and without dwelling on mistakes, according to his general manager.

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill doesn’t believe that fancy stats and analytics have had a major impact on the way the Wings do things.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the rundown on a Millenial’s dream of performers at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game: Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen.

*For something completely different: keeping an eye on the notion that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is going to run for President.



Julien: 'The less said and the more shown' is good for Bruins right now

Julien: 'The less said and the more shown' is good for Bruins right now

BRIGHTON, Mass – Claude Julien met with the media after Tuesday’s morning skate and there was a bit of a long pause between questions at one point early in the session.

“I understand because everything that needs to be said has already been said, right?” cracked the longtime Bruins bench boss, who was in good spirits after morning skate despite the turmoil around him.

It’s clearly less about words and more about results right now for a struggling team that’s lost a season-worst four games in a row in gut-punching fashion and has fallen out of a playoff position despite teams above them, Ottawa and Toronto, holding five games in hand on them. 

The Bruins are in a freefall at the worst possible time and at this point, Julien wants to see positive action and winning results from his team rather than the empty talk with the media.

“We want to respect our game plan, execute it well and that normally helps you. We’ve been a little bit all over the place, especially in the last game,” said Julien. “That’s what we addressed yesterday, moving forward.

“I haven’t used the All-Star break as a motivation. We’re basically looking at these last two games, and what we have to do in these last two games. I think we’re well aware of what’s waiting for them after that. The players normally know when the breaks are. That’s not for us right now. I’d like to see our focus on what we need to do [against the Wings] to right the ship. We’ve talked about it a lot, and I think right now the less said, and the more shown is probably the best thing.”

With two games left until the All-Star break, one has to wonder what Julien’s fate will be if the Bruins drop both games to Detroit and Pittsburgh before the group breaks up for All-Star weekend. 

A good showing might be enough to keep Julien calling the shots for the Black and Gold down the stretch this season. But the sense is that more of the same fragile, losing efforts from the Bruins in these final two home dates, a familiar look from this group over the past three seasons, could spell doom for the winningest coach in Bruins franchise history.

One thing is for sure: Words aren’t going to do anything for Julien, and instead it’s about cold, hard results for the coach and the Bruins players who are nose-diving in the middle of the regular season.