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Seguin Scores 20th of the Season

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins – Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin created a handful of chances in the Bruins loss to Pittsburgh, but was unable to convert the opportunities.

However, the right wing made the best of his opportunities Sunday against the Washington Capitals and scored a goal 6:38 into third period to give the Bruins a controlling 3-0 lead.

Center Patrice Bergeron carried the puck into the Bruins zone and passed to left wing Brad Marchand, who took a shot from the slot.

Seguin created some traffic in front of the net and was able to tip it past Tomas Vokoun to score his 20th goal of the season, which is a team-high.

“[Scoring 20 goals] was a nice goal I set of myself last year and this year,” Seguins said. “Obviously, I have great linemates and it was nice to get it off their hard work tonight.

“I think I went [three] games there [without a goal] and felt snake bitten. I felt I was gripping my stick too hard, but I had a lot of chances [Sunday] and I figured it’d be off one of Marshy’s nice passes and just kind of a tap-in. I didn’t have to do too much on that one.”

Before the game, Head Coach Claude Julien said he was confident that Bergeron’s line was capable of shutting down Alex Ovechkin.

Although Ovechkin had a team-high seven shots, he was held scoreless and the defensive pressure resulted in more opportunities, according to Seguin.

“Well I though just coming off the Pittsburgh game we were really good in our D zone and [Sunday] we were good as well,” Seguin said. “Any game we’re playing really well in our D zone, especially if we’re up against the top line on their team, we usually have a lot of opportunities down there. I think we’re buzzing around really well.”

Seguin wasn’t the only one finishing his shots, as his team powered out four goals in the 4-1 win. Forwads Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand both scored their 19th goals of the season, and Rich Peverley finished the game with an empty-netter.

Seguin was happy to see the offensive production after the team managed just one goal on 76 shots in their previous two games.

“I thought [Saturday] night we had a lot of chances and we just couldn’t bury them.” Seguin said. “[Sunday], we did a better job at finishing off opportunities.

"It’s definitely nice to put together a full 60 minutes here.”

--- Anthony Gulizia
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