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Seguin Lifts Bruins Past Habs

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins – Throughout the Bruins midseason struggles, the Black & Gold often lacked the ability to bounce back after a team scored a game-changing goal.

So after Montreal Canadiens forward Erik Cole scored a back-hander midway through the third period that tied the game 3-3, it was unclear how the Bruins would respond.

But the Bruins battled through the remainder of the period – as well as an overtime period – and forward Tyler Seguin scored the game-winning shootout goal to give his team an energizing 4-3 victory over the Habs at the Bell Centre.

“Especially in the last few games when the other teams score on us, we seem to – I don’t know change our game a little bit,” Seguin said. “The one thing we wanted to improve on was when a goal is scored by the other team, we want to come back the same way. Sometimes it’s going to get bounces – sometimes they’re going to earn their goals.

“And you have to respond the same way. It was nice to sneak away with the win there.”

In the second round of the shootout tied 0-0, Seguin skated towards goaltender Carey Price and wristed one over his blocker for his 21st goal of the season.

“I’ve been deking a lot lately in shootouts and this time I tried to do the same thing I did last time – changed my speed and just tried to get a quick shot off,” Seguin said, who is now 4-8 in shootouts this season.

The Canadiens (23-25-10) always play the Bruins (35-18-2) tough regardless of where they stand in the division, but the B’s were able to match their intensity for the majority of the game.

“Yeah this time of the season I don’t know if standings matter too much,” Seguin said. “Every night both teams are trying to go out and get points. They came out hard, and it was nice to walk away with the win.”

--- Anthony Gulizia
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