The reception for Tyler Seguin was chilly Tuesday night at TD Garden. There were some boos when he was introduced as a starter for the Dallas Stars, and there were boos at other times during the night. Seguin shrugged off the reception following the game.
“I have seen a lot of players come back here – you know popular athletes, which I was in this city,” said Seguin, who played three seasons in Boston. “I am sure that there are mixed feelings out there. I can only go out there and play hockey.”
Stars forward Rich Peverley, who was traded to Dallas along with Seguin in July, said Boston is a tough sports town and he wasn’t surprised there were some boos.
“No, I’m not surprised,” Peverley said. “This city’s proud of their teams, and they’re going to support their teams the best they can. And we’re on another team now, so that is what it is.”
Seguin has strong night in faceoff circle
Coach Lindy Ruff called out Tyler Seguin for his poor performance on faceoffs after Sunday’s game in Ottawa after the Stars center won just one of 14 draws.
On Tuesday, Seguin won 6 of 9 faceoffs and Ruff had nothing but praise for his 21-year-old center.
“Awesome. It is exactly what you want,” Ruff said. “I think he might have been one of the top guys tonight at 60-something percent. Some guys he was having trouble with, and (Jamie) Benn stepped in and did a nice job, the other guys he was able to handle. That’s exactly what I want. I want him to compete. If he’s having a tough time with someone, get thrown out or have Benn come in second. I thought all that was real good. The compete from those guys was awesome.”
Quotable: Stars forward Tyler Seguin on if he misses Boston
“I have been asked that question a few times today. If I got a contract or a trade to come back here or asked, I don’t think I would come back. I think in the end you want to play where you are wanted. I have great relationships with our coach and the GM here, and I know how much they want me. It feels good to play here. I guess that is all I want to say on that.”
Quotable: Rich Peverley on returning to Boston
“I think I was more nervous for this game than I was for any of the Stanley Cup Finals. It was emotional for me, but it was fun to be here.”
Quotable: Rich Peverley on not getting sucked into a physical battle with the Bruins
“I think we all know that they’ve got four or five legit heavyweights that can throw them really well. That’s not a battle we’re going to get into, because we don’t want to come out on the wrong side of that. I think if we play our game, we’ve got four lines that can skate well. I think it showed tonight.”
*The Stars have points in 6 of their last 7 games (4-1-2).
*The Stars are 3-2 in games that have been settled beyond regulation this season. They are 3-1 in shootouts and 0-1 in 4-on-4 overtime.
*The Stars are 4-2-0 vs. the Eastern Conference.
*Vernon Fiddler’s penalty shot goal was the first for the Stars since Loui Eriksson scored vs. Pittsburgh on Nov. 3, 2010.
*Shots were 36-36 for the game.
*Vernon Fiddler, Valeri Nichushkin and Brenden Dillon each had 4 shots on goal for the Stars.
*Dallas won 31 of 61 (51 percent) of faceoffs in the game. Tyler Seguin won 6 of 9 draws on the night.
*The Stars were 0-3 on the power play and 4-4 on the penalty kill.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Ray Whitney – Cody Eakin – Alex Chiasson
Erik Cole – Vernon Fiddler – Rich Peverley
Antoine Roussel – Shawn Horcoff – Ryan Garbutt
Brenden Dillon – Stephane Robidas
Trevor Daley – Sergei Gonchar
Alex Goligoski – Jordie Benn
Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Lane MacDermid
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