That was the text message Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin
received from Milan Lucic
after yesterday’s morning skate – an indication that he’d be playing with No. 17 and David Krejci
when the Bruins took the ice for their game against the New Jersey Devils.
“I guess that [text] meant I was with him, and I came in here and saw the lineup and sat with him and talked to him before the game and went over a few things,” Seguin said.
Whatever words of advice were exchanged before the game – it didn’t seem like they were needed.
Seguin helped get things going just a 1:13 into the game when he delivered a beautiful cross-ice pass to Krejci, who scored
to give the B’s an early lead.
Seven minutes later, Seguin added a goal of his own
when Lucic powered past Devils defenseman Mark Fayne, and perfectly executed a drop pass to his linemate, who was trailing the play.
Seguin said that he wasn’t surprised when he saw Lucic maintained possession of the puck, despite the frantic defensive effort from Fayne.
“I saw Luch with the puck going wide, and there’s not too many guys that can even really catch him or take him down, so I just try to stay high and wait for the puck,” Seguin said. “And that’s just kind of an example of watching players and just learning from a unit even if you’re not playing with them, then bringing it to your game when you do play with them.”
The goal snapped a 10-game goalless streak for the 20-year old forward, who last scored Feb. 5 against the Washington Capitals.
The goal was Seguin’s 21st of the season, which leaves him in a tie with Lucic for second-most on the team (Marchand, 22).
“[It was] good getting a goal, even though it was kind of lucky,” Seguin said. “I think it went off their guys’ stick and in, but I’ll take it when I can and it definitely took a little bit of a load off my back.”
Although Seguin struggled to score over the last 10 games, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien talked about the young forward’s ability to contribute and facilitate the offense, even if he didn’t have the puck.
Last night Seguin was effective off the puck too, and Lucic appreciated playing with the speedy forward.
“He’s got great speed, but I think if you look at the two of us, me and David, I think we’re at our best too when we’re moving our feet and playing that high-tempo kind of game,” Lucic said. “I think that’s what kind of got us started, especially with that first shift and that first goal.
"I was driving the net and Segs [Seguin] used his speed down the wall, so it was good to have that and we definitely got to keep that up.”
After Seguin’s goal, the Devils delivered a crushing, three-goal offensive surge in the second period, and the Bruins were behind 3-2 going into the final 20 minutes of play.
But Julien’s new powerful, offensive line helped tie the game up just five minutes into the period. Krejci buried home a rebound to score his second of the game, and then completed the hat trick
with the game-winning goal in overtime.
At least one member of that line contributed to every goal in last night’s victory. Lucic added two assists, Seguin had a goal and an assist, and Krejci’s hat trick gave the line seven points on the night.
Seguin was pleased with the line’s success, especially with the play of Krejci.
“It was a very important game tonight, especially coming off a loss to Ottawa, which was a big two points, and then tonight was another big two points against New Jersey,” Seguin said. “He’s one of our leaders and he stepped up, and it definitely makes all of us happy to see him do well.”--- Anthony Gulizia