Thursday, February 7, 2013
Seguin hopes early-season slump is over
By James Murphy
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Bruins forward Tyler Seguin had a wide grin on his face as he addressed the media after practice Thursday. The night before, Seguin finally scored a goal on a goalie (his first of the season was an empty-netter at Carolina Jan. 28) when he beat Carey Price 14 ticks into the third period to tie the game at one and then assisted on David Krejci’s game-winner just under two minutes later in a 2-1 win over the Canadiens.
Heading into the game, questions were emerging on whether the 21-year-old rising star could find the touch that helped him lead the team in goals with 29 last season. Thanks to some line juggling that saw Seguin and Nathan Horton switch spots, Seguin found the back of the net.
On Thursday, he was happy to finally get that monkey off his back.
“Absolutely!” Seguin said. “It definitely felt like I’ve been snake bitten, and I’ve been saying the last few games that I’m not thinking about it but I did, and it feels good. When you’re in a slump you can’t really think about it, but even if you do you gotta try harder. I was focusing on my D-zone first, and then obviously in the third we weren’t having too much offense and he wanted to spark the lines, change something up, and it definitely worked out.”
As for whether those lines will remain the same with Seguin on the right wing, David Krejci at center and Milan Lucic on the left -- and whether Nathan Horton will stay with Seguin’s usual linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand -- head coach Claude Julien hasn’t decided.
"It’s something that I have to think about, for sure," Julien said. "Do I try it a little longer or do I go back to our regular lines? And if the same thing happens, at least I know I can switch again. It’s something that, thank God I’ve got a couple of days to think about and hopefully the decision will be the right one."
Whatever Julien’s decision is for the Bruins' back-to-back games this weekand (against Tampa Bay Saturday at TD Garden and at Buffalo on Sunday night), Seguin said he'll be happy.
“Both lines are a treat to play on,” Seguin said. “Obviously ‘Bergy’ [Bergeron] is such a great two-way player, and whether it’s ‘March’ [Marchand] or ‘Soupy’ [Greg Campbell], I definitely mesh well with those two guys. Then having ‘Luch’ [Milan Lucic], who is such a big body, going to the net and winning battles in the corners, it makes it easy to play with him and definitely ‘Krech’ [David Krejci] as well, a guy with unbelievable vision and skill, it’s just great having those guys to play with.”
Seguin was also happy with the support and confidence Julien has had in him through this mini-slump to start the season.
“That’s definitely comforting,” Seguin said of Julien’s support. “I don’t look too much into many media stuff and just stay focused on my game. But I’m definitely glad he has confidence in me and I want to earn and improve that.”