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Mark Recchi on M&M: Tyler Seguin ‘will get a shot, and he’ll be ready’

04.15.11 at 1:18 pm ET
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Mark Recchi says Tyler Seguin can make an impact. (AP)

In an interview on the Mut & Merloni Show, Bruins winger Mark Recchi suggested that it was premature to panic about his team’s Game 1 loss to the Canadiens in the best-of-seven playoff series. The 43-year-old cited his experience in a run with the Hurricanes to a Stanley Cup in 2006, when Carolina fell behind Montreal by losing the first two games of the first round before roaring back to win the title.

“The bottom line is, we bounced back all year from stuff like this, and we will again,” said Recchi. “We’ve rebouded from some hard losses, tough losses, bad losses. It’s the character of our team.”

Recchi drew upon his experience with Carolina in response to another question, chiefly whether rookie Tyler Seguin (a healthy scratch in Game 1) could make an impact in this series, or whether the idea of competing at this level and in this environment — a playoff series in Montreal — would be too much for the 19-year-old to handle.

“It all depends. Obviously, that’s a coach’s decision. Right now, he’s not playing, but I’m sure if he gets that opportunity, he’ll be ready,” said Recchi. “Obviously, getting the first taste of it in a place like Montreal would be tough. At the same time, he’s a good young kid and he gets it. He’s a good hockey player.

“I played in Carolina when Cam Ward was a rookie there. He came in and Game 3 was his first [start]. In the Carolina series, when we beat Montreal and went on to win the Stanley Cup, [Ward] embraced it, grabbed it and went for a run. You never know with situations like that in the playoffs. Right now, we have a good lineup. I’m sure at some point, [Seguin] will got a shot in there, and he’ll be ready.”

Ward was the backup to Martin Gerber in Carolina, but was given the start for Game 3 against the Habs, with the Hurricanes sweeping the next four games. Ward, then 22, would remain in net for the remainder of the playoffs, going 15-7 and helping to lead his team to the Stanley Cup. Seguin played in 74 games this year, scoring 11 goals and delivering 11 assists.

Other highlights are below. To listen to the complete interview, visit the Mut & Merloni Audio on Demand page.

–Recchi was asked about the comments by Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, suggesting that the B’s played a good game in their 2-0 loss on Thursday.

“He’s our captain. We have to look at the big picture. We understand fans are going to be very emotional throughout this, but it’s a seven-game series. We can’t get too high, we can’t get too low. We’ve got to stay on an even keel,” said Recchi. “There were some good things we did last night, but the bottom line is we didn’t win. He might say that, but we all know it’s not acceptable. We want to win more than anybody in this city. As players, we have the desire to win. We’re not happy about it.

“But at the same time, we know it’s seven games. That’s the thing we’ve learned. One game doesn’t win a series, and one game doesn’t lose a series. We have a long way to go, a lot of hockey. … If we come out on top, they’re going to forget about Game 1.”

–Based on his experience with Carolina, Recchi dismissed the idea that Saturday’s Game 2 represented a must-win. “I think it’s an important game,” he said. “It’s not the end of the world, either.”

–Recchi noted that more careful puck management will prove pivotal in the series, as it did in Game 1.

“They really drive on turnovers. We’ve just got to be smart. We saw the two goals they scored were on turnovers,” said Recchi. “If we dictate that, keep the puck in their zone for an extended period of time, it’s going to wear them out.”

–Recchi disputed the characterization that the Bruins are a big, powerful team in contrast to the speedy Canadiens.

“We’re just as fast as they are and we’re big,” said Recchi. “If we use those to our advantage, then we’re going to do good things and come out on top.”

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