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Julien expects production from Seguin; not just shots

May 17, 2013, 6:13 PM EDT

Tyler Seguin AP

It’s sort of funny actually — eight games into the playoffs and Tyler Seguin‘s struggles are reminiscent of a certain former Bruin with whom he’s often compared.

You may recall that Phil Kessel registered 46 shots before he scored his first goal of the year. The Leafs’ sniper then added 19 more tallies before the regular season was done.

Seguin is still waiting for his “finally” moment in the postseason. The 21-year-old has no goals despite being credited with 33 shots, tied for third most among all NHLers. (Teammate Zdeno Chara and Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg each have 34.)

Last night against the Rangers, Seguin had at least two good scoring chances that were thwarted by Henrik Lundqvist.

Sometimes, that’s the way it goes.

If it makes Seguin feel any better, Rangers forward Rick Nash is in the same boat. He’s got 28 shots with no goals.

Ditto for Boston’s Jaromir Jagr, who’s 0-for-27.

Anaheim’s Corey Perry went 0-for-24 in the first round, and he’s a former Rocket Richard Trophy winner.

That being said, Bruins coach Claude Julien expects more from Seguin.

“I think people expect, and we expect, that he should be a little more productive,” said Julien.

“If he finds his game, we know how much of a threat he can be, and we’ve got to keep working with him. That’s what we’re trying to do here.”

  1. hockeyflow33 - May 17, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    He’s gripping his stick too tight. He needs to relax and play his game and he’ll be fine…and also not duff a clearing attempt at the end of a period.

    • lordstanley65 - May 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      Agreed…I think he’s in his own head too much right now. I don’t know if playing overseas killed him or what, but LETS GO!!

  2. mgp1219 - May 17, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again, Seguin is overrated. He has one offensive move: skate directly at a defenseman and have the puck slapped away. Does he not understand that he can curl back and look for a trailing teammate or simply dump the puck in deep or carry it wide behind the net??? Also, when has a wide open shot he prefers to shoot right at the goalie’s chest rather than pick a corner. I don’t want to hear how young he is because this is his third season in the league. Chris Bourque could do what Seguin is doing now.

    • lordstanley65 - May 17, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      WHAAAAAAT? Do you even watch Bruins hockey at all?

  3. bosoxfanpeds - May 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Seguin needs to skate and shoot within ten feet of the net…..two on ones need to score……Seguin needs to hit the goalie in the face with the puck, ring right of his head thats right, and then the next shot ring it of his head again….The next opportunity comes and if the goalie doesn’t flinch hit’em in the face again…He needs to be in this goalies head…….what makes Seguin unique is his ability to breakaway from the defensemen and skate to the net….If this is what Seguin is then I would like to see KOKO come up and play….He would be a nice change of pace forward who is pretty quick too…..C’mon Segs you have to start to adjust your game so you score. Scoring with the women everynite isn’t going to get you off the third line anytime soon……

    • hockeyflow33 - May 17, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      So instead of trying to put the puck into open space he should purposely aim it at the goalie?

    • chanceoffleury1 - May 18, 2013 at 1:57 AM

      Well if he wanted to use that tactic then he probably should have done it against Reimer because Lundqvist would be like a dog on a bone with those saves so the time has really passed. How many times have we seen him block a shot with his head? Countless. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him “flinch” from a puck coming straight towards his head. He just takes it straight on and won’t ever shy away. That’s why he’s the best. Rangers are a tough team for any player to try and get their goal scoring going. They just don’t give up a lot of goals. Same can be said for Nash trying to get going against Boston.

  4. pastabelly - May 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Putting him with Peverly and Kelly won’t help him.

    • kmacle - May 17, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      At this point it can’t hurt him, and would free up Marchand and Bergeron.

  5. bigbadbruins77 - May 17, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    he’s been working harder at everything than I’ve ever seen him, getting in the dirty areas, back checking, all over. Seems like he’s getting 8 shots a game, the goals will come.

  6. cliverush - May 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Against Lunquist he has to drive all the way to the net, which is a tough assignment but it will allow him a chance. Shooting from 25ft. will get him nowhere but the doghouse.

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