Tyler Seguin breaks through: ‘I want to be relied on as a guy who can bury the puck’
|05.24.13 at 12:03 am ET|
NEW YORK — It took 11 games and 45 shots, but Tyler Seguin is on the board in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.
When Seguin scored at 8:06 of the third period, the Bruins were just under 12 minutes from advancing to the Eastern Conference finals. It looked like the perfect way to celebrate breaking his goal drought in the postseason. He jumped in the air and punched the glass behind Henrik Lundqvist as a sign of relief.
The Rangers spoiled it, of course, by tying it less than two minutes later on the power play and winning it in overtime, 4-3.
“It’s a weird feeling, of course,” Seguin said of scoring in the loss. “It feels good. I don’t know exactly how many shots, but it was too many I’ve taken that haven’t gone in. I want to be relied on as a guy who can bury the puck. It feels good that it went in. It’s not a great feeling losing but we’ll learn from this, talk about, move on and get ready for [Saturday].”
Seguin said he could feel his first goal coming on after getting momentum from a first-period power play that didn’t yield any goals but did produce several chances, including one from Seguin.
“Especially in the first, having a power play right away got me into the game where last game it took me a couple more shifts,” he said. “I didn’t start off playing too much in the first period. Again, I felt great as the last few games go on, gaining more confidence and making smarter plays so just didn’t work out.”
The reason it didn’t work out was that the Bruins got sloppy while watching the puck. Seguin was on the ice during the third period when the Bruins were called for too many men, and he was the one who skated over and served the penalty that produced the game-tying goal and sent the game into overtime.
Not only that, but the Bruins wingers, according to Seguin, were allowing the Rangers to get into position in the slot later in the game, something that would burn them when Chris Kreider skated down the slot and took a perfect pass from Rick Nash and won the game.
“I definitely saw and felt that guys were sneaking in behind us, especially in the slot,” Seguin said. “They were doing a good job of moving around and we kind of got caught puck-watching and not playing our playing our position. I think it us wingers especially. We’re going to look at video and get better.
“I think we’re still a very confident group and we didn’t play our best game. We’re a good team. I’m looking forward to playing this next game at home and hopefully, finishing it off.”