In an act of coaching foresight that might land Claude Julien a post-career job as a fortune teller, the Bruins’ bench boss dressed rookie Tyler Seguin tonight in Columbus after consecutive healthy scratches.
The addition of the speedster to the lineup paid off after the Bruins and Blue Jackets couldn’t decide the game after 65 minutes of play.
Seguin, who entered the game with a team-best 3-for-6 record in shootouts this season, scored as Boston’s lead-off shooter and Tuukka Rask kept Columbus’ three shooters from finding the back of the net to lift the Bruins to a 3-2 win on the road and snap their four-game winless stretch (0-2-2).
The Bruins won the shootout 1-0 and improved their shootout record to just 2-5.
Replacing Michael Ryder in the lineup, Seguin skated just 11 shifts for 9:57 of ice time on a line with Chris Kelly and Mark Recchi. But after Rask stopped Rick Nash to start the shootout, Seguin beat Steve Mason with a forehand inside the right post.
Here’s a look at the rest of the box score:
•Rask shook off a slow start and a bad first goal by Columbus to make several spectacular stops among his 34 to earn the win and bounce back after he was blown away in Montreal a week ago.
•Rich Peverley scored the game-tying goal shorthanded with just 5:36 left in regulation. It was the Bruins’ first shorthanded goal since Brad Marchand scored against Colorado Jan. 22. It was Peverley’s second shorthanded goal of the season and highlighted a 6-for-6 night by the penalty kill.
•It was great to see two Bruins that had every reason to tone down their physical games throw their weight around tonight. Zdeno Chara, who maybe lost some of his edge since the hit on Max Pacioretty last week, got into a shoving match with Derek Dorsett before a faceoff and was active around the Bruins’ net.
Marchand, who was benched last game for some bad penalties, was also pesky again, as he had a hit on R.J. Umberger in the neutral zone and then set off a little net-front scrum seconds later.