Seguin lifts himself out of scoring funk against Habs

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Seguin lifts himself out of scoring funk against Habs

MONTREAL Tyler Seguin got a little frustrated at points over the last three weeks, but never wavered that the first real goal of the season was coming.
After two periods on Wednesday night, Seguin had no shots on net, a hooking penalty that wiped out a Bruins power play and a shot that hit the side of the net when he pulled up early with an open path to the net.
For Seguin, who expected much more than one empty net goal scored nine games into the regular season, one wouldnt blame him for thinking it was going to be another one of those nights. Instead, the Bs forwards patience paid off when Seguin scored the first of two rapid third period goals that powered a tight 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
The scoring binge started when Bs coach Claude Julien installed Seguin with David Krejci and Milan Lucic at the beginning of the third period while looking for a spark. Julien and Seguin both got it in a big way, and No. 19 ended it with a badly needed multi-point game in winning fashion.
Seguin is a great player, said Julien. Hes got good speed and good hands and David Krejci has been so consistent for us since the beginning of the year. Tonight I thought he was very good and he makes plays.
Tyler just took advantage of going to the net. Those guys find each other and Tyler scored a big goal. When hes really using that speed he puts defenses on their heels.
The goal started with a turnover created by an aggressive Seguin fore-check that freed up the puck on the very first shift of the third period. The play finished with a beautiful feed from David Krejci after Claude Julien played jumble with the forward lines and found a little inspiration.
Krejci was cycling through the right circle with the puck when he found Seguin circling back toward the net. Seguin unleashed a quick backhand to Carey Prices blocker side and the game was tied 14 seconds into the third period. It was Seguins second goal of the season and the start of a two-point night that nearly doubled his point output for the season.
Seguin stuck his tongue out Michael Jordan-style in celebrating the goal, and certainly hopes its the start of an offensive avalanche for himself and his team. Simple offensive production has been difficult to come by for Seguin, so hes looking forward to seeing if this puts him on an offensive tear.
Well, well find out. I feel like Ive been playing decently well, said Seguin. I definitely can still do better, but Im also definitely getting my shots and my opportunities. I had a couple of goals that were called back and Ive hit a couple of goaltender stick knobs, so things werent going in. Luckily I snuck one in there in the third.
One important thing for Seguin to remember: the first real goal of the season arrived when he put a little more oomph into his two-way play by creating a turnover with an aggressive fore-check in the Montreal end of the ice.

What we learned: Bruins 2, Sharks 1

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What we learned: Bruins 2, Sharks 1

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Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie. 
 
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens

-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline. 
 
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time. 
 
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty. 
 
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years. 

 -- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward. 
 
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.