Tyler Seguin just cannot light the lamp for the Boston Bruins in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but that doesn't mean he's not playing good hockey.
Seguin has one goal on a team high 67 shots during the postseason, but it was a line change by Claude Julien that may have gotten him back on track at the right time.
The former second overall pick was thrown on a line with Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly after a very bad start by the Bruins in Game 2 and boy, did Julien press the right button on that one.
Not only did the Bruins come from behind to beat the Blackhawks in OT, but Seguin played his best game of the series and assisted on the game-winning goal to Paille on a beautiful feed.
Seguin has been snake-bitten throughout these playoffs, but just because he isn’t scoring doesn’t mean he isn’t contributing in other ways.
“What he’s realized is that just because you don’t score doesn’t mean you can’t be a good player,” Julien said. “He’s got chances. He’s making plays, the winning goal for Paille in Game 2. Those are the things he’s bringing to the table.”
“Stats say certain things, but it doesn’t say everything,” Julien said. “Right now, I’m pleased with his outings lately.”
Seguin carried over his effort from Game 2 and played another great game in Game 3 at TD Garden. In 15 minutes of ice time, he had another assist, was a plus-one, and fired three shots on goal.
“I think they’re a great team and a very fast team,” Seguin said. “As far as the line, Piesy [Paille] has been moving his feet. Right now, he’s got a hot stick. I’m trying to do the same and Kells [Kelly] is playing very responsible. I think we’re just buying the system.”
Seguin was taking a lot of heat during these playoffs because a guy with his skill should be scoring at will, but it is a tough game even for elite goal scorers.
“I feel like I had a ton of chances,” Seguin said. “I want to finish and my team needs me to finish. I’m going to keep focusing on that.”
Bruins fans cannot give up on a kid like Seguin. He is young, developing and learning from his mistakes as he tries to hoist Lord Stanley for a second time in three years.
The 21-year-old compiled two great games in a row for the Black and Gold and they have resulted in two victories.
I am not saying if Seguin is a contributor on the score sheet the B’s will win, but it sure seems like it.
This is the Seguin the Bruins need and he is peaking at the right time as they are two wins away from another celebration.
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