P.J. Stock on D&C: Let’s see how Tyler Seguin reacts on road
|05.19.11 at 10:57 am ET|
TSN and Hockey Night in Canada analyst and former Bruin P.J. Stock joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning to preview Game 3 of the Bruins-Lightning Eastern Conference finals series. To hear the interview, visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
When asked if he thought coach Claude Julien waited too long to insert 19 year-old Tyler Seguin into the lineup, Stock said he did not have a problem with the coach’s decision. “No, not at all, and you know what? He probably wouldn’t be in there without [Patrice] Bergeron being injured,” Stock said. “I watched him play a lot during the year, and many times I thought he wasn’t ready.
“A lot of people are excited about his last two games, but 30 games ago were people saying the same thing? He was a frustrating player that was learning a lot of things. … I didn’t know if he was ready.”
Still, Stock was impressed with what he has seen from Seguin. “The last game in the second period he could do no wrong,” Stock said. “The first goal was brilliant. The second goal was a good shot.”
Stock was also quick to point out that it’s been a small sample size. “He had an amazing second period, but that’s two games. They were at home and everything was great for 48 hours, now let’s see how he does when he’s up against a different lineup when they don’t get the last change and Julien can’t put him out against who he wants. Let’s build on tonight’s game and see how he reacts.”
Stock, who was a tough player in his career, understands the importance of a having a physical presence on the ice. He said that Shawn Thornton should be in the lineup even though someone will be forced to sit with the return of Bergeron.
“He is one of those calming voices that will help you, and also the physicality aspect,” Stock said. “I like him in the lineup because of that. [Daniel] Paille is playing four or five minutes as well. If you are going to keep one of them, I’d rather keep Shawn in there, but I am not the coach.”
Stock acknowledged that the Lightning might get physical with Bergeron and Seguin but noted, “You want to hurt them for that moment, you don’t want to hurt them for the rest of their life,” he said.
He also touched upon the recent outbreak of concussions in hockey. “I understand some hits are terrible, but let’s not change the physicality in the game. There are a lot of hits that lead to concussions that I don’t think the hitter is at fault.”