Seguin lifts himself out of scoring funk against Habs


Seguin lifts himself out of scoring funk against Habs

MONTREAL Tyler Seguin got a little frustrated at points over the last three weeks, but never wavered that the first real goal of the season was coming.
After two periods on Wednesday night, Seguin had no shots on net, a hooking penalty that wiped out a Bruins power play and a shot that hit the side of the net when he pulled up early with an open path to the net.
For Seguin, who expected much more than one empty net goal scored nine games into the regular season, one wouldnt blame him for thinking it was going to be another one of those nights. Instead, the Bs forwards patience paid off when Seguin scored the first of two rapid third period goals that powered a tight 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
The scoring binge started when Bs coach Claude Julien installed Seguin with David Krejci and Milan Lucic at the beginning of the third period while looking for a spark. Julien and Seguin both got it in a big way, and No. 19 ended it with a badly needed multi-point game in winning fashion.
Seguin is a great player, said Julien. Hes got good speed and good hands and David Krejci has been so consistent for us since the beginning of the year. Tonight I thought he was very good and he makes plays.
Tyler just took advantage of going to the net. Those guys find each other and Tyler scored a big goal. When hes really using that speed he puts defenses on their heels.
The goal started with a turnover created by an aggressive Seguin fore-check that freed up the puck on the very first shift of the third period. The play finished with a beautiful feed from David Krejci after Claude Julien played jumble with the forward lines and found a little inspiration.
Krejci was cycling through the right circle with the puck when he found Seguin circling back toward the net. Seguin unleashed a quick backhand to Carey Prices blocker side and the game was tied 14 seconds into the third period. It was Seguins second goal of the season and the start of a two-point night that nearly doubled his point output for the season.
Seguin stuck his tongue out Michael Jordan-style in celebrating the goal, and certainly hopes its the start of an offensive avalanche for himself and his team. Simple offensive production has been difficult to come by for Seguin, so hes looking forward to seeing if this puts him on an offensive tear.
Well, well find out. I feel like Ive been playing decently well, said Seguin. I definitely can still do better, but Im also definitely getting my shots and my opportunities. I had a couple of goals that were called back and Ive hit a couple of goaltender stick knobs, so things werent going in. Luckily I snuck one in there in the third.
One important thing for Seguin to remember: the first real goal of the season arrived when he put a little more oomph into his two-way play by creating a turnover with an aggressive fore-check in the Montreal end of the ice.

Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself


Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.  

*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.

*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.

*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.

*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.

*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.


Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.

Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.


Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.

It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.

“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”

Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres. 

Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice: