One of the surprising moves of the summer saw the Boston Bruins send 2010 first round draft pick Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars as part of a seven-player, coming on the eve of the league’s annual free agency window opening. While several other big names switched teams in the days that followed, it was the move of the 21-year old forward that had much of the hockey world buzzing.
The kid had been on a quite a roll, winning a Stanley Cup following his rookie season of 2010-11, then leading the Bruins with 29 goals and 67 points the next year. For an encore, he was once again among the team leaders is scoring after recording 16 goals and 32 points in the 2013 lockout shortened campaign.
With the Stars, Seguin has continued to produce, already amassing 10 points (four goals, six assists) over the first seven games. However, Dallas has only managed three wins over that stretch and the frustration was evident after Saturday night’s 5-2 loss to the Kings.
Here are some post-game quotes collected from Seguin, followed by additional thoughts from teammate Rich Peverley.
Seguin on having to play another game on Sunday:
“I guess it’s a good thing we get to move on pretty quickly, but it’s getting pretty sickening to all of us. We’re just giving teams wins. The last twenty minutes there has to be a lot better than it was tonight. Credit to them, they’re a good physical team and they competed well tonight.”
Seguin on the mood in the locker room during the second intermission, with the teams tied 2-2:
“It was good. We just have to find different ways. I know we’ve seen it a few times here, even though the season is pretty early, our third periods just aren’t the effort that we need or the certain smart plays that we need to build on and get better. But it will be nice to bounce back tomorrow night.”
Seguin on the turnovers:
“Right now it’s just the blue lines, myself included. It’s just making smarter plays on the blue lines. In and out, chips on our own end and especially in their end. I think right now, we’re just trying to do too much. We’re making plays where we are dumping cross-ice and jut giving it right to their team when we should be rimming or self-chipping and just competing a bit more. It’s still very early in the season, but you definitely want to get over that .500 mark, especially in a Conference as good as the West right now.”
Seguin on the Kings’ penalty kill:
“To be honest, that was probably one of the best penalty kills I’ve played against so far this year. They were making smart reads and it’s hard to get in their zone. We made adjustments during the game and we’re going to have to continue working on that as a team.”
Peverley on the overall game:
“It’s been a few games [now] that we haven’t played a full [60 minutes], but I think we gave them a lot of chances tonight. I think they played great. Luckily we were in the game until the third. But if you keep giving them chance after chance, a team like that is going to break through.”
Peverley on having slow starts:
“Well we got the first goal. I think getting out of the first period, trying to get over there with the last five minutes with taking a penalty…or they scored a power play goal. I think coming back to make it 2-2, I think that’s good. But we just weren’t good enough tonight.”
Peverley on having another game Sunday vs. the Ducks:
“Usually when you play like that, or not a well as you want to, it’s nice to have a game the next night because it’s fresh in your mind and that motivation is there.”
Peverley on getting traffic in front of Jonathan Quick:
“There are times that I think we could have been better, but we did have some traffic. He likes to challenge the shots, so we have to keep him in the paint, and I don’t think we did that enough tonight. If he sees it, he’s going to save it.”
We’ll be back on NHL Network Radio with another two-hour episode Sunday night beginning at 8pm PST. Among our guests will be Seguin, Garry Galley and a member of the Anaheim Ducks. Be sure to tune in.
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