It started, perhaps, with the backcheck in Winnipeg.
Early in the Bruins’ 3-2 victory against the Jets on Feb. 17, the B’s were facing an odd-man rush and had a defender without a stick when Tyler Seguin dove to break up the play. Later in the game, he scored a tip-in goal from in front of the net, and since then, his entire game seems to be on the upswing.
Goals still are hard to come by, but Seguin will take a five-game point streak into tonight’s contest against Ottawa. He has 12 points this season (three goals, nine assists), two behind team leader David Krejci.

Seguin sees that Winnipeg game as the catalyst for his sustained stretch of solid two-way play.

“I got that tip and it took some weight off my shoulders, just getting another one,” he said after yesterday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. “And since then I’ve just been focusing on my D-zone being good, and whatever happens after that happens. Right now, our team’s playing very well and it’s fun to be a part of it.
“I think I’ve been doing well on backchecks and winning battles. It’s definitely something I’ve been stressing on myself, and it’s been stressed by other people . . . and I want to stay consistent with that.”
Coach Claude Julien agreed that Seguin’s entire game has improved.
“It’s been pretty impressive with the way he’s backchecked, the way he’s played defensively. (Against the Islanders on Tuesday), if he’s not there in the crease area, there’s probably a goal with the defenseman not having a stick in his hand. He’s made some nice plays,” Julien said. “But also at the other end, things are starting to come around for him. His line is producing. (Brad) Marchand is the guy that’s benefiting on a lot of those goals, but Seguin’s there too.
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