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Seguin Scored to Stop Slump

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- After a torrid start, things had slowed down for Tyler Seguin and before his goal and assist during Saturday's 6-0 win over the Flyers, Seguin hadn't found twine since a B's 3-1 win over the Penguins on December 5.


"I guess it didn’t mean too much," said Seguin of his goal, the sixth of six Black & Gold markers on Saturday. "Jack [Edwards] called it —- 'there’s a six-pack' -- or something.

"I was really just going down the ice and [Brad Marchand] made a great pass. I was kind of waiting for [Patrice Bergeron] to come on my other side, but I didn’t really see him so I just tried to shoot for the low corner and it went in."

All of Boston had been waiting for Seguin to return to form, and Seguin himself said that he had started to take the slump very hard.

"I knew going into my sophomore season, consistency is the biggest thing you want to get and I know I’ve been told and heard many times that that’s one of the hardest things for young guys to learn," said Seguin. "It was the one thing that I thought for sure I wasn’t going to fall into, but it’s something I have and I’ve got to try to get out of - being so hard on myself and getting so frustrated and focusing more on what my strengths are.

"I’ve just got to stop thinking about everything too much."

And that's exactly what Seguin's captain told him on Friday before the game in Philadelphia.

"I talked to [Zdeno Chara] for a while -- actually the day before we were in Ottawa -- and we had a practice out at that prep school and I talked to Zee there for a while.

"He was just telling me his advice...it was really about just starting with the foundation, it’s almost like building a house. I’ve got to start with what I’m good at, what I’ve got to start doing early in the games and thinking about before games.

"If I start on my foundation, my goal is to finish building the house."

Translation?

"I think if I start small and start [remembering] skating is what I do well, shooting is what I do well — things are going to work out," explained Seguin.
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