OTTAWA – Tyler Seguin is a full-time center for the first time in the NHL. In Dallas’s 4-3 shootout win over the Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday, Seguin proved he has much to learn.
Seguin went 1 for 14 on faceoffs. Seguin struggled so much that coach Lindy Ruff pulled the ex-Bruin off draw duties in the third period and overtime.
“It’s tough to go 0 and 13,” said the Dallas coach. “The compete on that has to be a lot stronger. Scratch your nose on the ice if you have to.”
Seguin assisted on Ray Whitney’s game-opening goal. Seguin shot wide in the shootout. Seguin, Dallas’s No. 1 center, had zero shots in 20:22 of ice time. Seguin played mostly against Erik Karlsson and Jared Cowen.
“It just wasn’t good,” Seguin said of his faceoff work. “It’s going to come with time. This is my first year at this position in the NHL. It can only get better.”
On Tuesday at TD Garden, Seguin will play against his former team for the first time since the July 4 trade.