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Tyler Seguin says ‘in the end, you want to play where you’re wanted’

11.05.13 at 11:28 pm ET
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Tyler Seguin was welcomed back to Boston Tuesday as a member of the Dallas Stars. (AP)

Tyler Seguin was welcomed back to Boston Tuesday as a member of the Dallas Stars. (AP)

Tyler Seguin made it clear after Tuesday night’s 3-2 shootout win over his former Bruins team that he is very happy in Dallas and doesn’t regret leaving Boston.

“If I got a contract or trade or asked, I don’t think I’d come back,” Seguin said. “I think, in the end, you want to play where you’re wanted. I have great relationships with our coach and our GM here and I know how much they want me. I know how much they want me and it feels great to play here. That’s all I have to say on that.”

Seguin knew going up against the likes of Brad Marchand, Johnny Boychuk and Tuukka Rask would be a strange feeling all night.

“Pretty intense. I went into the game with the mentality, I know they’re not going to try and talk to me so I’m not going to. I’ve been in that dressing room when Joe Thornton has come to town or Phil Kessel, it’s a hockey game out there, not friends,” Seguin said. “I had a few guys, Johnny being his funny self, grabbing me, and Tuukka getting in my way one time when there was a mini-line [scrum] when nobody dropped their gloves. Besides that, it was just a hockey game.”

It was a weird feeling and a tense night on the ice. He scored the tying goal in the shootout and watched as another former Bruins teammate, Rich Peverley scored to give the Stars a 3-2 shootout win. Seguin finished with two shots and was a plus-1.

“Glad it’s over,” Seguin said. “I didn’t know what to expect. It was just weird. It was weird being out there, especially first period. It felt more comfortable as things went on but for our team, that’s a huge win for us.”

Seguin lost 13-of-14 face-offs Sunday in Ottawa and was called out by his coach Lindy Ruff, despite a 4-3 Stars win.

“I kind of got called out by my coach a little bit there last game in Ottawa,” Seguin said. “I wanted to be better on face-offs, be a better centerman out there. I thought I played pretty solid. Obviously, nothing offensively but our line was plus tonight against a pretty good hockey team and great face-off men and we’ll take it from there.”

The Bruins did pay tribute to Seguin, showing two pictures of him holding up the 2011 Stanley Cup after the Game 7 win in Vancouver.

“It was nice,” Seguin said. “Definitely a very classy organization.”

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