WASHINGTON DC — For the first five games against the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin had been held without a point and shifted between his original linemates of Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand in Games 1 and 2 to a line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic in Games 3-6.
In Game 6, however, Seguin finally broke through in the scoring department with a goal and an assist and scored the overtime winner just 3:17 into the extra session — taking a feed from Milan Lucic to slide one past an agressive Braden Holtby — and gave the Black and Gold a 4-3 win Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Center and forced a seventh and decisive contest Wednesday night at the TD Garden.
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“Looch made a good move there and was flying in the first few shifts [of overtime] and it went wide but came on a D’s stick,” Seguin said about the game-winner. “I saw the goalie challenging so I just tried to make a quick move and was lucky that it went in.”
Not only did Seguin tally the game-winner, but he helped set up Andrew Ference’s third period goal as well.
After Seguin’s stop was initially stopped by Holtby, the Caps goalie left a juicy rebound for a pinching Andrew Ference, who recycled the puck and lit the lamp gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead at 11:57 of the third period on Earth Day.
Despite giving up the tying goal to Alex Ovechkin 3:11 later, the events set up Seguin’s heroics.
“This series I’ve had a lot of chances and opportunities and I haven’t been finishing them off,” the 20-year old forward said about earning his first two points of the series. “It’s just really nice to get that feeling of finding the back of the net.”
“Tyler played great, even if he didn’t score tonight. He had a great game,” added forward Rich Peverley, who scored his third of the playoffs at 5:56 of the first period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. “It kind of shows that he’s turning into an all-around player. He made a great defensive play to start that goal in overtime.
“We needed everybody to step up. That’s how our team is built. We’re always built on depth.”
After having a pretty good performance in the team’s 4-3 loss in Game 5, Seguin’s coach, Claude Julien, thought he was due to break through despite struggling through the first two periods.
“I thought yesterday he was a pretty good player [in Game 5],” Julien said. “I thought he was skating extremely well tonight and he used his speed. He had a chance ealry in the game and to me it was fitting for him to get that goal.”
During the postgame interviews, Seguin supported the chain, which is the Bruins’ new tradition given to the player of the game. As the recipient of the chain, Seguin becomes the first member to don both that and the jacket.
While he appreciates the jacket, Seguin admitted that the chain has a little more meaning due to a new season.
“It’s a toughie,” Seguin said with a chuckle. “The jacket went a long way last year and its framed in our room, but it’s a new year so I’m going to go with the chain.”
It’s a new postseason and a new tradition, but the goal remains the same for the former second overall pick and the other 19 skaters currently donning the spoked B.