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 harmlessly hit the side of the net when he pulled up early with an open path to the cage.
In a heated game against a rival like Montreal, that's just not going to get it done.
For Seguin, who expected much more than one empty net goal scored nine games into the regular season, one wouldn’t blame him for thinking it was going to be another one of those nights. Instead patience paid off for Seguin as he scored the first of two rapid fire third period goals that powered a tight 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
The scoring binge started when B’s coach Claude Julien installed Seguin with David Krejci and Milan Lucic at the beginning of the third period while searching for a spark. Julien and Seguin both found the desired offensive surge in a big way, and No. 19 helped close things out with a badly needed multi-point game in winning fashion.
“[Seguin] is a great player,” said Julien. “He’s 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 he’s 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 while reshuffling the deck.
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