After watching his Bruins teammates march to the Eastern Conference Finals from the pressbox, Tyler Seguin finally got a chance to skate in the post-season in Game 1 versus Tampa. The rookie left a decent impression, at least on the scoresheet, and he may find himself on the power play for Game 2 thanks to a 2-point performance in an otherwise pathetic offensive effort from the Bruins in Game 1.
Head coach Claude Julien rotated Seguin among his usual power play performers Milan Lucic, Rich Peverley, David Krejci, Mark Recchi, Nathan Horton and Michael Ryder during Monday’s practice – but Julien wasn’t willing to tip his hand as to whether or not the 2010 2nd overall pick will see game action on one of the two PP units:
Via The Boston Herald:
“We’ve got different looks, we’ve got different players. We want to make the power play work. And it’s never a bad thing to have those guys go through it, and if at one point you need him, you need him. And what I said (Sunday) was exactly what we wanted to do with Tyler. I mean he hadn’t played a playoff game yet, and you give him a little bit to chew and then you give him maybe opportunities if need be in other areas.”
Seguin was on the bench for all four of Bruins power plays in Game 1 which, unsurprisingly, they went 0-for-4 on. Boston’s PP is currently connecting at an erroneous looking 4.9%.
When pressed about the potential of skating on the man advantage in Game 2, Seguin responded by saying he’ll be ready to offer his speed and skill if he’s called upon.
Via WEEI’s Big Bad Blog:
“I’m pretty sure I’m not starting on the power play but it’s just in case if we have a couple and we want to try something new, getting me out there so I’m ready and prepared for that. I think I move the puck around pretty well, I have good speed so I’m going to bring that to my game and a lot of times, that helps on the power play.”
Shawn Thornton and Dan Paille were the only Bruins skaters to see less ice-time than Seguin in Game 1, although 19-year old Seguin is considered a greater defensive liability than both players at this point. In addition to figuring in on both Bruins markers, Seguin was also on the ice for two goals against. Seguin’s opportunity to play in the post-season could conceivably be short-lived, depending on Patrice Bergeron’s progress in attempting to return from a concussion. If the 19-year old can continue to contribute on the offensive side, then Thornton may make a logical candidate to replace him in the pressbox.
Bergeron remains questionable for Game 2 at this point, and we shouldn’t expect much in the way of updates on his status until after the warm up.