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Seguin Notches First Goal of Playoffs in Loss

Friday, 05.24.2013 / 10:44 AM ET / Features
By Eric Russo  - BostonBruins.com
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Seguin Notches First Goal of Playoffs in Loss
It had been 10 long and frustrating playoff games for Tyler Seguin. During that time, the winger had registered just one point \u2013 an assist on Patrice Bergeron\u2019s series-winning goal in overtime of Game Seven against Toronto \u2013 but led the team with 39 shots on goal.

BostonBruins.com – It had been 10 long and frustrating playoff games for Tyler Seguin. During that time, the winger had registered just one point – an assist on Patrice Bergeron’s series-winning goal in overtime of Game Seven against Toronto – but led the team with 39 shots on goal.

On Thursday night in Game Four against the New York Rangers, Seguin finally broke through with his first goal of the postseason in the Bruins’, 4-3, overtime loss.

With just under 12 minutes remaining in the third period, it looked like the snake-bitten Seguin would be denied again. The score tied at 2, and the Bruins on the power play, Dougie Hamilton threaded a pass through the slot and found a wide-open Seguin waiting back door. Seguin one-timed a shot towards the net, but Rangers’ goalie Henrik Lundqvist made a pad stop.

Lundqvist kicked out a rebound, however, and Seguin, following his shot, was there to knock it home to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. The goal, which looked like it would be the winner, was an even-strength tally, as the power play expired just one second prior to the puck crossing the goal line.

“It feels good,” said Seguin, who tied with Brad Marchand for a game-high six shots. “I don't know exactly how many shots, but there's too many that I've taken [this postseason] that haven't gone in. I'm going to be relied on as a guy that can bury the puck, so it feels good that it went in.

“I feel like I'm gaining more confidence and making smarter plays. Just sticking with it.”

Seguin, who jumped for joy and pounded on the glass behind the net after the goal, was relieved to find the back of the net, but had mixed emotions after the loss.

“It's a weird feeling, of course,” he said. “Obviously a little sigh of relief, maybe a confidence booster. It was nice to finally get one in. It's not a good feeling, losing, but we'll learn from this tonight, talk about it, and move on tomorrow and get ready for our home game.”

“It was a tough game, it was a weird game,” Seguin added. “Got to give credit to [New York], they played a hard game. We knew it would be a tough one to win. I think a lot of the goals were kind of given to them, but they won in the end.”

Seguin said that the team was “puck-watching” a bit too much and that the Bruins will need to improve defensively to succeed in Game Five on Saturday afternoon.

“I definitely saw it and felt that guys were sneaking in behind us, especially in the slot,” Seguin explained. “They were doing a good job of moving around and we kind of got caught puck watching and out of position. We're going to look at the video and move on and get better.”

Seguin didn’t think that letting the Rangers gain some life had shaken the Bruins. He said the team will forget about the loss and shift its focus to the next game, not dwell on one loss.

“I think it's a fresh new slate here, it doesn't matter what's happened in the series,” he said. “We've got to be better, we've got to play more on our toes. I think we've done a great job in the playoffs so far. Tonight, we found ourselves on our heels a little bit.

“I think we're still a really confident group. We didn't play our best game, but we're a good team that bounces back, so I'm looking forward to the opportunity to play the next game at home and hopefully finish this off.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
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5 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
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P. Bergeron 73 21 31 2 52
L. Eriksson 73 19 23 0 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
M. Lucic 73 15 25 10 40
B. Marchand 69 22 17 6 39
C. Soderberg 74 11 27 8 38
R. Smith 73 12 25 8 37
T. Krug 70 12 23 12 35
D. Krejci 39 7 21 7 28
C. Kelly 72 7 20 8 27
 
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