Tyler Seguin

Is this season the one for Tyler Seguin to prove himself?

Tyler Seguin’s first season in the NHL proved to ultimately be a great one. Winning the Stanley Cup in your rookie season is something not a lot of players can claim to have done but for Seguin, his first season was one loaded with ups and downs. Seguin didn’t exactly blow people away with his stats scoring just 11 goals and adding 11 assists in the regular season. Being the #2 pick overall in the draft comes with huge expectations and while Seguin fought hard to get ice time and take advantage of the opportunities coach Claude Julien gave him.

Heading into his second season with the defending champions, there are big chances for Seguin to seize the day. With Mark Recchi’s retirement and Marc Savard unlikely to play this season while dealing with concussions, Seguin has the chance to become one of the Bruins’ top scorers.

CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty caught up with Seguin to find out how he’s preparing for the season and how earning respect is high on his list of things to accomplish.

“I want to earn more respect from the coaches and the players, and with that get more ice time. That should lead to more production and it comes down to taking advantage of every advantage that I get,” said Seguin. “Team-wise the word being whispered around everywhere we go is repeat, and I think we’re definitely the team to do it after we won last year. There’s that term ‘Stanley Cup hangover’ but we want to fight through it to get back there again.”

So how does Seguin go about earning all that respect?

“It really has to be everything,” said Seguin. “It has to be on the ice. It was to be on the bench. It was to be in the dressing room. Public appearances, you know? I think with hockey players and a team like the Bruins you have to have good character, and you have to represent the Bruins well no matter where it is.

“When you do that that’s when you get respect from the boys and from the staff, and that’s what I want to go about doing this year.”

Getting respect from the guys in the room and earning it from the coaches would go a long way for Seguin. Seguin averaged just 12:13 of ice time last season and while he had one highlight game in the playoffs against Tampa Bay scoring two goals and two assists in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. Being able to do that once in a while during the season is nice for legend building, but being able to be a consistent offensive threat is far more important to the Bruins.

Without Recchi and Savard as well as departed Michael Ryder, getting goals could prove to be a bit more difficult for the Bruins. While the B’s rely on goaltending and defense to win games, goals certainly help. While the Bruins are going to have their top line of David Krejci, Nathan Horton, and Milan Lucic there to pound the net, they’ll need a bit more. Tyler Seguin having a breakout season would do just the trick for Boston on their quest to repeat as champions.

Capitals accuse Letang of leaving his feet, hitting Johansson in head

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Get this: the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins seem divided on the legality of Kris Letang‘s hit on Marcus Johansson.

(Take a moment to gather your thoughts amid this shocking revelation.)

You can watch the hit over and over in the video above. This post features some takes on that check, which the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is reportedly reviewing.

Generally speaking, the three things people discuss regarding the check is how late it might be, if Letang used his feet and if Johansson’s head was the principal point of contact.

Letang told his side of the story:

The Capitals disagree:

While Barry Trotz pleads the Fifth after his previous comments about Brooks Orpik‘s suspension:

No doubt about it, Letang’s status is the top story to follow in this series between Games 3 and 4. We’ll find out soon enough how it all shakes out.

Penguins ride Murray’s masterpiece to 2-1 series lead vs. Capitals

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If Marc-Andre Fleury suiting up bothers Matt Murray, then the rookie goalie channeled those feelings into a masterful performance on Monday.

The Washington Capitals absolutely dominated Game 3, but Murray was even better, stopping 47 shots as the Penguins stole one 3-2 to take a 2-1 series lead.

(Capitals fans might see some parallels to Washington’s Game 5 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers; they fell 2-0 despite a 44-11 shots on goal edge thanks to Michal Neuvirth‘s heroics.)

Murray stopped chance after chance before Alex Ovechkin finally broke through for his first goal of this series. Justin Williams then brought the Penguins’ lead down to 3-2 to make for a hold-your-breath final minute.

A driven Ovechkin and strong overall play from the Capitals (despite this defeat) aren’t the only reasons why Game 4 might present some twists.

First things first: Kris Letang might get suspended for Game 4 (if not for more than one game) thanks to this controversial check on Marcus Johansson.

Beyond that, there could be some bumps and bruises from this contest.

Bryan Rust left during the first period and didn’t return to the game after blocking a shot. Brian Dumoulin seemed shaken up after an Alex Ovechkin hit in the third period. The Capitals might have a player or two to look at, as well.

In other words, the Penguins could really lack for quality defensemen with Letang possibly suspended and possible injury absences for Dumoulin and Olli Maatta.

This series is living up to the hype … and really building up the hate.

Yes, NHL is reportedly looking at Letang’s hit on Johansson

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It remains to be seen if Kris Letang will get suspended for his hit on Marcus Johansson … and if he does, for how long.

(You can read initial reactions and some analysis about the specifics of the check vs. the one that got Brooks Orpik suspended here.)

There are a few things we do know already.

For one thing, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is reportedly looking into it.

Another factor that could help Letang avoid a suspension or limit the duration of supplemental discipline: Marcus Johansson returned during the second period.

In fact, Johansson delivered some hits on Letang.

There have been some nasty moments in Game 3, and more might be coming. The Penguins lead 2-0 with a few minutes remaining in the middle frame.

Kris Letang may face suspension for hit on Marcus Johansson

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Update: Reports indicate that the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is indeed looking into the hit.

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As thrilling as this Pittsburgh Penguins – Washington Capitals series has been, it seems like every game presents another controversial hit.

Game 3’s most noteworthy entry (so far?) came when Kris Letang was whistled for interference on Marcus Johansson.

Penguins fans griped that Brooks Orpik didn’t get a major penalty for his hit on Olli Maatta … now Capitals fans likely feel the same about the check Letang delivered.

Watch it in the video above. Also, Stefanie “My Regular Face” has it in GIF form:

Things could get ugly in Game 3:

One factor in a suspension happening – or at least the duration of the suspension – would be what the point of contact was:

Also, lateness of the check:

The Penguins ended the first period up 2-0 against the Capitals, even though Washington played one of its best 20 minutes of the series. Expect more drama.

Update: The Penguins won the game 3-2.

Read reactions to the check here.