BOSTON -- Bruins winger Tyler Seguin thought he had scored his second shootout goal of the season to give the Bruins the edge in the first round of their shootout over the Devils. But as he was beating New Jersey Devils goalie Johan Hedberg, a fan threw what a TD Garden "Bull Gang" member claimed was a sausage across the front of the net, forcing -- per league rules -- Seguin to redo his turn in the shootout.
Thankfully for the Bruins -- and quite possibly for the safety of the offending fan -- Seguin beat Hedberg on a backhander the second time around and the Bruins went on to win the shootout on Brad Marchand's goal in the sixth round.
“That’s a first. I’m still not sure what it was, maybe a hot dog,” a baffled Seguin said after the game. “I’m hoping that there was a New Jersey Devil logo on the guy’s jersey who threw it, unless you’re one of the Bruins fans doing that. But I guess I’m glad it worked out in the end.”
Seguin admitted some frustration over the incident, but was happy that he made the right choice on his second attempt by not going with the same shot as his first.
“To be honest, I was just angry,” Seguin said. “So I picked a new move in my head, and I was either going to do the same thing or go to my backhand, and when I got down there I decided to do my backhand.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien had no problem with the referees making Seguin shoot again.
“The explanation was what’s in the rule book,” Julien said of what the referees told him. “If there’s any kind of obstruction or something [it’s a do-over]. Had we not scored, Tyler would have had a second shot at it as well. At the end of the day, it worked out because he scored and he deserved to score again. I guess justice prevailed right there.”