BOSTON -- Tyler Seguin was happy to be reunited with his linemates in overtime of Game 7, and showed as he battled in front of the net and ultimately kicked the puck that ended up on Patrice Bergeron’s stick for the game-winning goal.
It was Seguin’s first point of this season’s Stanley Cup playoff run, and it took way longer than expected. It also took a little bit of a “chat” between the 21-year-old and Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton during the intermission between the third period and overtime.
“It was a pretty clear message that basically it’s time to step it up,” said Seguin. “I think the effort was there from me, and from our line. But the puck wasn’t going in, and we weren’t getting the results.
“Obviously, Bergie had that goal late in the third after he hadn’t seen the results either. When it went into overtime, Thornton kind of said ‘It’s time’ with a pissed off expression on his face. So I went out there and did it. There comes a point where coaches can’t say anything to a locker room, or can’t say to go out there and do it. It comes from our team working for each other, and it takes a lot more [meaning] when one of us says it to another. It just hit me good, and luckily things worked out.”
Amazingly, only four players (James van Riemsdyk, Henrik Zetterberg, Patrice Bergeron and Alex Ovechkin) had more than Seguin’s 29 shots on goal in the first round, so nobody can accuse the B’s youngster of not being active. But Seguin needs to work smarter and more creatively to set up offensive plays rather than using his God-given speed to take the outside line and settle for perimeter shots as he did against the Maple Leafs.
Seguin will start the second round of the playoffs skating with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley on Boston’s third line, and will have to produce prolifically if he wants to get back up on the Bergeron and Brad Marchand line he skated with during the regular season. Perhaps Thornton can give him a pep talk prior to each game of the Rangers series because it sure worked when the Bruins needed it most on Monday night.