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Despite goal drought, Seguin feels “like I’ve been playing great”

Feb 6, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

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Tyler Seguin has just one goal through eight games this season — an empty-netter, no less.

But that doesn’t mean the Bruins sniper feels he’s playing poorly.

“I feel like I’ve been playing great,” Seguin told ESPN Boston. “I feel like I’m playing a great two-way game. Against the Leafs last game, I thought I was playing my best game so far this year.”

Seguin is referring to Saturday’s 1-0 defeat of Toronto, in which he fired a game-high six shots on goal in just over 16 minutes of ice time.

Putting pucks on net hasn’t been a problem for Seguin this year — he has 27 through eight games — but getting them past a goalie has been.

His lone marker on the year came with Cam Ward pulled from the Carolina net in a 5-3 win back on Jan. 28, meaning he now has just four goals in his last 18 regular-season contests, dating back to the end of 2011-12.

Not that he’s especially worried about it.

“Sometimes they’re going in and sometimes they’re not, and that’s just how the game goes,” he said. “Right now, the puck’s not going in, but I’m trying not to think about it too much. I’m just playing the best I can.

“Whether I’m scoring right now or I’m not scoring right now, I still say that I’ve been playing really well.”

For the flip side to this argument, here’s CSNNE.com’s Michael Felger and Gary Tanguay discussing Seguin’s goal-scoring slump:

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  1. hockeyflow33 - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Using Gary Tanguay as a hockey reference is horrendous.

    • rogersjd16 - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      Couldn’t be more right. Tanguay shouldn’t be an “expert” on anything. Celtics either. He’s a radio voice who’s worked his way into analyst territory and he’s just atrocious at it.

  2. nunan - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    I couldn’t watch that whole thing. I don’t even know what he’s saying…”a 21 year old should not be blaming the swiss…he just doesn’t get it…he is who he is…”..What?? It is obvious when someone knows nothing about hockey or the team he is discussing…

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      He’s an unlikeable curmudgeon who was fired from sports radio because he doesn’t know anything about sports

  3. atteckus - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Putting Tanguay to the side, Seguin just doesn’t get it. He HAS NOT been playing great. He’s done a lot of weak fly-by’s behind the net and along the boards, while others work and scrum for the puck. He’s been too fine in his maneuver attempts and shots toward the goal (not at or on goal). He can’t burn anyone with his stickhandling, he doesn’t put the puck between the pipes from 11 feet out in the low slot, standing all alone with the goalie. He is drastically underperforming and it appears clear that it is because he feels “it will come to him.” He needs to go out and “get it for himself.” Its about work ethic, fire, determination and letting it go constantly on goal. One empty netter and two decent assists through 20% of the season just doesn’t cut it.

    • nosefacekillah - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      I disagree. Seguin has look good most nights. He has had plenty of chances but has not converted for what ever reason. His two-way play has been great. He is clearly not the defensive liability he once was. He is stuck on a line that is expected to shut down other top lines first and take whatever offense comes. If he had Lucic or Horton on his line with a presence in front of the net I think his point totals would be different.

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