– Over the last few games, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien has moved forward Tyler Seguin
around; often starting him with the line of Patrice Bergeron
and Brad Marchand
, but then switching him with Rich Peverley
on the David Krejci
and Milan Lucic
But against the New York Islanders, Seguin played the entire game with his regulars of Bergeron and Marchand, and the line clicked to produce three goals –- all in the third period –- to lift the B’s to a 6-3 victory.
“Well, it was nice for us to really finish it off,” Seguin said. “Obviously, we were working on a lot of things tonight and I think in the end we played a pretty solid game, a pretty solid 60 minutes, and it was nice to really finish the third strong.”
With the game tied 2-2 to start the third period, Brad Marchand
took a cross-ice pass form Seguin and scored
just 3:13 into the frame to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead.
Then, midway through the period Seguin snapped a wrister
from the top of the circle past the glove of Islanders goaltender Al Montoya to give the Black & Gold a comfortable 4-2 lead.
“Yeah it felt really good, I thought our line played obviously a really solid period in the third, but I thought overall had a really good game,” Seguin said, who finished the game with a goal and two assists.
P.A. Parenteau scored his second goal of the game to make it 4-3, but Bergeron and Krejci scored goals 34 seconds apart to make sure the Bruins left Long Island with a win.
“I mean, [the Bergeron line] was good before and there were times you feel a switch is not a bad things for certain reasons – who you’re playing against, and what you’re matched up against and sometimes you make those switches,” Julien said. “ But, you know today I decided to start with them and see where that went.”
The line’s work in the game was impressive, but for Bergeron, who finished with a goal and an assist, he was most satisfied with the resiliency of his two wingers.
Before Marchand had scored his goal he missed on a breakaway opportunity, and Seguin had missed an open net earlier in the game.
“Well, we’ve seen that so many times from Marshy, he’s the type of guy that every time he’s challenged with something like that, he’s always responding,” Bergeron said. “Same thing with Tyler.
"He’s learned a lot over the past year and a half and he’s improved so much that his character right now has given them the success they’re having. Yes they’re great players, but the way the way they compete always brings the best out of them and it helps the line a lot.”
Julien also complimented the never-quit attitude that Marchand and Seguin showed on the ice in the third period.
“Some guys will hang on to that missed opportunity, and that just drags them down,” Julien said. “But these guys today were committed and determined, and when they missed their first chance, they made the best of the second.”
With Saturday’s win, Seguin hopes that the momentum can carry over into tomorrow’s game against the New York Rangers, who have beaten the Bruins three times this season.
“Yeah I think it’s a great test,” Seguin said. “I want to get ready for the playoffs and this is a great test for myself and it’s a great test for my team. We haven’t played the greatest against them, and hopefully we can show them what we can bring a couple weeks against them in the playoffs as well.”