Tyler Seguin is definitely known for his offensive prowess, but it was his improving defensive focus that earned him props on Monday.
The young winger fed a streaking Brad Marchand at 14:12 into the first period for the Bruins’ lone regulation goal, then joined Patrice Bergeron with shootout goals as Boston defeated the Winnipeg Jets in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee at TD Garden.
Suguin made a nifty move to intercept a puck as the Jets were leaving their zone, passing immediately to Marchand who easily beat Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec to tie the game at one. Right Winger Chris Thorburn scored Winnipeg’s lone goal, slipping one past Boston Goalie Tuukka Rask just a minute and a half into the contest.
After a scoreless overtime period, Tuukka stopped two of Winnipeg’s three shots in the shootout to take the win and lead the Bruins to their 2-0 start.
Both Pavelec and Rask stopped 27 shots, though some of the stops were merely the “Iron Unkind” variety, clear shots that hit the posts and ricocheted off.
Winnipeg was 0-4 on the Power Play, including a good chunk of the beginning of overtime, but the Bruins were able to kill it off, something that Bruins’ coach Claude Julien said was the key to the victory.
“That’s what made the difference,” he said. “I thought our PK was good – breaking up plays when they got over the blue line.”
Patrice Bergeron echoed Julien’s sentiments. “I think we were playing aggressive right off the bat,” Bergeron said,”We didn’t give them time to set up the plays they wanted because we were so aggressive.”
The Jets were obviously disappointed with the effort in the man advantage.
“It’s disappointing when you get those opportunities in the end there,” Jets forward Evander Kane said. “Myself, I can’t be making those bad passes and not generating anything. That’s something that we’re going to have to get better at.”
Kane will have his change to do just that as they travel to Washington D.C. to take on the Capitals tomorrow night, then return home for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, while the Bruins travel to New York for a rematch with the Rangers on Wednesday before returning home to take on the Islanders on Friday night.