Never has a man been happier to be in chains than Tyler Seguin was last night.

The previously silent and mostly somnambulant Seguin suddenly surfaced at the Verizon Center at the most critical moment of the Bruins' playoff series with the scrappy Washington Capitals, which frankly is how things are supposed to be.

Although only 20, Seguin skates with the burden of others' expectations, a result of superior talent, exceptional blessings from the god who hands out hockey skills, and the baggage that comes with being the No. 2 selection in the draft.

He carries a load because, at his best, he is a load, but such weight can, at times, wear you down, as it appeared to be doing to Seguin since the postseason began.

But yesterday he was suddenly free, a young man skating with purpose in open space and creating situations that eventually led to a nifty fake and finishing shot few others could have so adroitly made to score the game-winner at 3:17 of overtime.