Tyler Seguin had one of his best performances this postseason in Stars’ Game 4 loss

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Tyler Seguin has heard the cliché before: in the playoffs, the best players need to be the best players.

And he knows that he’s the team’s highest-paid player that entered Game 4 on Friday riding a 12-game goalless streak.

“You have that determination for sure, looking for that bounce to go in,” Seguin said. “Just start hoping things change. You want to get those looks every night, which has been happening. Staying with it, keep going to dirty areas like I was, especially in the first period last game. I’ve got to do my part as well for the full 60 minutes.”

Seguin responded with one of his best games in the playoffs, with two assists and two drawn penalties. Seguin set up Corey Perry’s goal in the second period with a speedy rush up ice, and he also picked up an assist on Joe Pavelski’s game-tying goal in the third period. His goal drought did extend to 13 games, however.

Prior to Friday night, Seguin posted just one assist since Game 3 of the second round against Colorado way back on Aug. 26. In that time, he was second on the team with 30 shots on goal. Only Jamie Benn had more shots (34), and the Stars captain scored five times during that stretch.

In Game 4, Stars interim coach changed the lines and split up the top unit of Benn, Seguin and Alexander Radulov. Instead, Seguin dropped down to play with Joel Kiviranta and Corey Perry. Joe Pavelski centered Benn and Radulov.

The switch paid off on Pavelski’s goal in the first period, which was set up by a nifty outlet pass by Radulov to Benn, and then a smooth pass from Benn to a streaking Pavelski. The goal was Pavelski’s 11th of the postseason, the most for any NHL player at least 36 years old.

It was the first time Bowness split up Benn-Seguin-Radulov since Game 2 of the Western Conference Final against Vegas.

“I think we’ve had our chances that haven’t gone in,” Seguin said. “Obviously, we need more as well. It’s the oldest cliché of all time: your top players got to be your top players. So we’ve got to find some production here.”

Matthew DeFranks. Matt covers the Stars for SportsDay, and previously covered the Florida Panthers for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He’s also covered college football, the Miami Marlins, the Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Angels for a variety of outlets. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

Source: https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/stars/2020/09/26/tyler-seguin-had-one-of-his-best-performances-this-postseason-in-stars-game-4-loss/

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