The week started off okay for the Boston Bruins with two shaky victories against the Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils. It did not end on a high note, however, as the B’s, who’ve been plagued by inconsistent play as of late, dropped their last two contests against the surprising New York Islanders and the lowly ‘Canes.
But there is one player who’s lighting the lamp lately. And because of that, Tyler Seguin is this week’s Bruins Daily Player of the Week.
When Patrice Bergeron went down with his fourth concussion, Seguin filled in at center with Brad Marchand – out indefinitely with a mild concussion – and Jaromir Jagr in what Bruins fans considered a dream line. That did not last long, however. After the Bruins’ 2-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, Seguin was demoted to the third line, while Jagr skated with the likes of Marchand, Milan Lucic, and even Gregory Campbell.
Still, Seguin responded nicely and has tallied goals in three straight games. The end results were not what the Bruins hoped for, but getting Seguin back on a hot streak is at least a positive sign, especially in the last two games.
Against the Islanders, Seguin created space and fired a shot past Evgeni Nabokov to tie the game at 1-1 on the power play. On Saturday, after a turnover in the ‘Canes end, Seguin capitalized on a breakaway with a nifty move that beat Justin Peters to tie the game at 2-2. But after tying the game in the second period of both contests, the Bruins could not capitalize on the momentum, and as a result find themselves looking for answers.
With his three goals this week, Seguin moves into a tie for second on the team lead in goals with 15 and fifth in points with 29. Even though he was a minus-1 this week, the 21-year old is still third on plus/minus with a +21 trailing only Marchand (+22) and Bergeron (+23).
Luckily for the Bruins, and Seguin, Bergeron is recovering from a concussion and could return to the lineup sooner, rather than later.
With seven games left in the Bruins’ 2013 season, Seguin is heating up at the right time. But with a crucial four-game homestand that begins tonight against the Ottawa Senators – which also includes a pivotal contest with the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday – the Black and Gold will need to get contributions from all 20 skaters as they hope to snap out of this slump and build momentum before the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Here are clips of Seguin’s three goals this week courtesy of NHL VideoCenter.