– The shots just weren’t falling, and it was more than frustrating for Bruins forward Tyler Seguin
After leading the Bruins with 67 points (29 goals, 38 assists) this season, Seguin failed to register a point through the first five games of the playoffs and was 0-21 in the shot column entering Sunday’s game.
With the game tied, Seguin quieted all the doubters when he took a pass from Milan Lucic
, deked by Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and scored to give the B’s a 4-3 overtime victory to force a Game 7 in Boston Wednesday night.
“I think in this series we’ve had a lot of chances and opportunities and I haven’t been bearing down and finishing them off and it’s just really nice to get that feeling of getting one,” Seguin said, sporting the team’s MVP chain. "I mean when you're a little kid that’s the dream is to get those big goals and keep your team alive. I think looking back on my career so far this is probably one of the biggest goals I've got.
Seguin certainly kept his team alive.
Better yet, he pumped energy into the veins of a team that was on the brink of elimination, which will now return to what is sure to be a boisterous crowd at the TD Garden as they hope to keep their title defense alive.
“It’s been a great series,” Seguin said. “Washington’s a great team and we were battling and for whatever reason the game lasted and they didn’t make it easy on ourselves. You go the extra mile so [a] Game 7 at the Garden – it’s what we’ve been working for – home ice advantage so we’re going to seize the opportunity.”
In the third period 2-2 with the game, Seguin ripped a shot of Holtby’s mask and Andrew Ference
shelved the rebound into an empty net for what appeared to be the game-winner.
With 4:52 left on the clock, Alex Ovechkin put a shot on Tim Thomas
that trickled in to tie the game. But all was well once Seguin scored what Thomas deemed a “coming of age” goal.
Game-winning goal aside, there was plenty of praise for No. 19.
“Tyler played great, even if he didn’t score tonight he had a great game,” forward Rich Peverley
said. “It shows that he’s turned into an all around player, he made a great defensive play to start that goal in overtime. You know, we need everyone to step up, it’s how this team is built, we’re always built on depth.”
While the win was electrifying, Peverley advised the level-headed approach that has become so important to the Bruins will be the best take on Game 7.
“We learned last year, you can’t have too many highs, too many lows,” Peverley said. “You got to be even-keeled. So we’re going back home, but they beat us twice there so they’re going to be confident but we’re confident in our building too.”