One underrated aspect to Tyler Seguin's lockout time spent over in Switzerland was the opportunity it gave him time to compare shootout notes with dangerous Blackhawks sniper Pat Kane.
The two were teammates in Biel, and many wondered if the notorious Kane would be a negative off-ice influence on Seguin. But the 20-year-old unsheathed a nasty little Kane-ish glove-side sniper shot in the extra session on Monday afternoon that helped push the Bruins to a 2-1 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets at TD Garden.
So clearly the on-ice Kane influence was pretty good.
Patrice Bergeron's shootout score was the ultimate deciding strike when he tucked a puck through Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec's five-hole, but it was Seguin's nasty little scoring maneuver that set the tone.
"I've been doing it for a while, I just haven't really done it in a game. [Patrick] Kane does it better than me for sure, it was pretty cool to watch him do it [in Switzerland]," said Seguin. "I knew the whole way I wanted to go glove, I hadn't decided if I was going to go with speed or without speed until I really picked up the puck in the shootout. I just decided to slow it down and that's how it worked out."
Pavelec looked like a deer-in-headlights as Seguin slowed to a crawl on his shootout rush, and then flicked the biscuit inside the post to the glove-side with nary a reaction from the goaltender. It was a new strategy and a different tact from Seguin, who has already become an accomplished performer in the shootout over the last two seasons.
But rather than relying on speed and dazzling athleticism to overpower the goaltender as in the recent past, he slowed things down and owned the goalie's glove hand.
Seguin takes a page out of Kane's book in shootout
CSN New England | Jan 22