This is a different kind of scoring touch.
The Dallas Stars held a one goal lead over the Edmonton Oilers with seconds to go in their Wednesday tilt. The Oilers were pressing with their young, explosive talent, but Dallas coach Lindy Ruff chose to counter with a young star of his own: Tyler Seguin.
Ruff’s decision to play Seguin in a defensive role with seconds remaining on the clock shows that the former Bruin has improved enough as a disciplined defender that his coach has faith in him to do what he can to preserve a one-goal lead. Seguin did more than preserve, though. As Taylor Hall — picked right above Seguin in the 2011 draft — fanned on a pass attempt, Seguin corralled the puck from one knee and hoisted it down the length of the ice.
Lucky for him, Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk had gone to the bench in favor of an extra attacker, so Seguin’s lob shot sailed directly into the empty net.
Therein lies the problem with Seguin — even when he’s playing defense, he’s looking to score.
Check out the video of Seguin’s defensive effort below.