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How Bruins silenced Seguin in win over Stars

Matt Kalman
November 06, 2018 - 8:40 am

Twenty-six-year-old Tyler Seguin is still a budding superstar in the NHL, but he’s mired in a terrible scoring slump.

The Bruins made sure his doldrums continued Monday in a 2-1 overtime win at TD Garden.

Seguin now hasn’t scored in his past 11 games (he has four assists in that span) after going point-less against the Bruins. The center’s inability to generate much offense with his starting linemates –Mattias Janmark and Devin Shore – forced Dallas coach Jim Montgomery to reunite his best three forwards and put Seguin on the wing centered by Jason Spezza with Jamie Benn on the opposite wing for the third period.

Through the first two periods, while playing center, Seguin managed just one shot attempt (it missed) and Shore had the only shot on net through those 40 minutes.

Seguin’s line durign that time was matched up against Patrice Bergeron’s line and the four-time Selke winner, along with wings Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, stifled the Dallas speedster’s trio. Bergeron won four of six faceoffs against Seguin through two periods, and then won one more in the third.

But with Zdeno Chara and Brandon Carlo, the Bruins’ top defensive pair, assigned to keeping tabs on Benn, Spezza and Valeri Nichushkin, Torey Krug and John Moore were assigned to defensive duties against the Seguin line. Life’s a little bit easier when you have Bergeron’s line in front of you, but Moore and Krug did their part to keep tight gaps and keep Seguin’s line to the outside while on the attack.

Moore was on the ice for 8:22 of ice time against Seguin and the Bruins out-attempted the Stars 9-0, while they out-attempted the Stars 9-3 in the 6:40 of ice time Krug was head-to-head with Seguin. (Stats are 5-on-5 and are courtesy of NaturalStatTrick.com).

“Well, I mean they’re both veteran guys in the league,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said of his emerging second defense pair. “Torey’s just coming back [from injury], so he’s got to be careful. He wants to play his offensive game but not empty the tank so he can’t defend in his own end.

“So, I think Johnny’s done everything we’ve asked of him in terms of defending. Been very safe, and eventually we’ll try to build some more offense into his game, when to go, when not to. Like I said, tough call on Torey in the penalty [in the third period], but he moved the puck well. We thought he was very good again tonight.”

Seguin’s quiet night was a far cry from some of his past performances in Boston since the Bruins traded him to Dallas on July 4, 2013.

Last season he scored in overtime to beat the Bruins. He had a hat trick here in 2015. And he scored in the shootout in a win in his first game back in 2014.

Even a reunion with Benn and Spezza didn’t help Seguin salvage his night this time around thanks for Bergeron’s line and the Krug/Moore pair.

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