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Julien sings Seguin’s praises

Jun 19, 2013, 1:35 PM EST

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It hasn’t been an easy postseason for Tyler Seguin. Despite registering a team-high 67 shots in 19 games, Boston’s 21-year-old forward only has one goal. That’s a shooting percentage of 1.5 percent, which would be frustrating for anyone, let alone a young player of which much is expected.

In the Stanley Cup Final, however, Seguin has made a major impact offensively, even if he hasn’t put any pucks in the net himself.

Most notably, there was the pass he gave linemate Dan Paille in Game 2 that led to the overtime winner.

Seguin also added an assist on Paille’s winning goal in Game 3.

All of which had Bruins head coach Claude Julien singing the youngster’s praises Wednesday prior to Game 4 at TD Garden.

“He’s played well,” said Julien. “Maybe he hasn’t got that goal or those goals, but he’s got some assists, made some great plays on other ones that they haven’t scored.

“He’s forechecked, done well in the battles as far as trying to come up with the puck, all the things we ask him to do.

“We’re not expecting him to be a real physical player because we don’t try to make a player what he’s not. But it’s about winning battles. Battles means coming out with the puck. Whichever way you have to do it, you go out and do it.”

  1. stoopidfool - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    A bruins article

    Fancy that!!!

    • tbd3 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      They’re one of two teams still playing. Get over it.

      • miketoasty - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        I think his post was supposed to be sarcasm.

  2. tbd3 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    It has been a complete one-eighty for Seguin since the beginning of the playoffs. He has been skating with a purpose, especially on the back-check. If he consistently uses his speed and the same level of effort on defense as he has been recently, he can be a force without scoring goals.

    • grilledjesus - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      I know he’s not going to be “physical” but the occasional body check would be nice.

      • tbd3 - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        Haha. Agreed. Nevertheless, impressive defense for a player who wasn’t exactly regarded for it coming into the NHL. Active stick, active skates.

  3. upyourstodd - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Poor Rich Peverley.

  4. revansrevenant - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    He’s also the only player with a point in all three games of the finals. I’d say that counts for more than his lack of goals. As my coach once told me, “An assist is as good as a goal. Either way the puck ends up in the back of the net, and they both count as a point.” Wise man.

  5. thebigtim2012 - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    There are many important things beyond just scoring that have to happen for a team to win. But putting the puck in the net is pretty huge

  6. graymalkin26 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Terrible series, just caused a CH shorthanded goal.

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