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Julien: Seguin ‘seems a bit nervous’ playing in Toronto

May 9, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

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Pointless through four games, Tyler Seguin isn’t having a very good postseason.

Claude Julien has a theory why.

The Bruins head coach suggested Seguin felt the pressure of playing in his hometown — Toronto — during Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

“This is [Tyler’s] hometown and he seems a bit nervous here,” Julien explained after Boston’s 4-3 OT win on Wednesday. “I thought he played really well the first two games.

“In Boston, he was a really good player and here not quite as good.”

Seguin was all over the place during the opening two games of the series. Despite failing to register a point, he recorded a combined 15 shots on goal, finished plus-1 and even got his physical game going, racking up four hits in Game 2.

In Toronto, though, it was a different story.

Seguin put just three shots on goal over two games at the ACC, and took a tripping penalty that led to Jake Gardiner‘s power-play goal in Game 3.

The 21-year-old didn’t sound overly concerned about his lack of production, suggesting things would turn around.

“In the end it’s a fun sport,” he explained. “With playoffs and everything surrounding it, sometimes you almost do lose track of that.

“So the biggest message we had among ourselves as a line was to go out there, relax a little bit more, have more fun.”

And hey, if the Bruins can close out the series in Game 5, Seguin won’t have to worry about playing in Toronto again.

  1. nunan - May 9, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    I have no doubt they’ll figure it out. They’ve been too good for too long. Most consistent line this year. Excited to see what this team can do when that line gets going. Just rewatched highlights from the game…Krejci was obviously great..Lucic was a monster though. Just creating things left and right. It’s why he has so many assists.

  2. mgp1219 - May 9, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Let’s face it B’s fans (and I am one), Seguin is a bit overrated. He’s a fast skater and has a quality shot, but he really isn’t what he was hyped to be coming out of juniors. As I recall, he was labeled as “can’t miss”. He seems to be “missing” a lot lately. He can’t go around a defender and always has the puck knocked off of his stick when approaching an opposing player, unless he fires the puck on goal as he crosses the blue line. He’s frustrating to watch. Just my humble opinion…

    • nunan - May 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      I think his struggles need to be taken with a grain of salt. That whole line is struggling…not just Seguin. Same thing happened with Krejci line when they were struggling. Lucic was the scapegoat, bc he was pretty bad, but the entire line was off. An entire line has to be playing well in order for any player to thrive. Krejci wouldn’t be so dominant right now if it weren’t for Lucic and Horton…and vice versa. They’ll come around. Having said that, I remember thinking during that draft that Hall’s style would be more of a fit in Boston than Seguin’s but that’s a pointless discussion now. Seguin will get going eventually. May not be this series though.

      • mgp1219 - May 9, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        I understand what you’re saying, but Seguin has been doing this season. How about stopping and curling back to look for a teammate top [as to or take it behind the net rather than skating directly into the defender and losing the puck or shooting it from 45 feet directly at the goalie?

      • nunan - May 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Oh no..I completely agree on that point. That’s his trademark move and I’ve said a million times to myself that he needs to just take the puck wide and deep into the zone instead of trying to skate through a defenseman or shooting from the blue line. I’ve literally never seen that approach pay off for him. In general though, I just think he’ll start producing eventually and the microscope will come off him a bit…

      • mgp1219 - May 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        I hope you’re right. GO B’s!!!

  3. mgp1219 - May 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    *all season

  4. dolanster - May 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    He’s a kid. During the 2011 run he was a healthy scratch half the time until Horton went down. Give him time — that line will click next series.

  5. 19inarow - May 9, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Tavares ups his game when visiting his hometown Toronto.

  6. pastabelly - May 9, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Saying Seguin is overrated is foolish. He did lead the Bruins in scoring last year. 21-year olds go into slumps. The Krejci line, which is on fire now, was in a much deeper funk than Seguin is now. For what it’s worth, Marchand is also slumping. This stuff happens. To win the Cup, both of them are going to have to up their games.

  7. arbruins - May 9, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Watching Seguin is much less aggravating than watching when Samsonov was here….I like Seguin and can only get better.

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