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Tyler Seguin is on the right end of the learning curve 05.18.11 at 12:53 am ET
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Following one of the most stunning playoff performances by a rookie in Bruins history, 19-year-old Tyler Seguin took it all in stride. Seguin, playing in just his second playoff game after the concussion to Patrice Bergeron at the end of the second round, took over and amazed the TD Garden crowd with a second period performance for the ages.

“It’s definitely tough watching from above,” Seguin said of his vantage point as a healthy scratch from the press box in the first two rounds. “I try to take everything in and learn as much as I can, but it’s hard sitting there and not being able to help the boys. I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity I got.”

After scoring a goal and an assist his first playoff opportunity in Game 1 Saturday night, Seguin took over in the second period with the Bruins down, 2-1. He scored the first of his two second-period goals 48 seconds in to tie the game. He would add another goal while setting up both of Michael Ryder‘s second-period tallies.

“I think it’s just the learning curve,” Seguin said. “It’s been a whole learning curve all year. As the year went on, I’ve felt more confident and more poised. In big games, I always want to step up. Tonight, I had some lucky bounces, but I was trying to take advantage of all the opportunities and they were going in tonight.”

And to think he was snubbed by the mighty Canadian World Junior team in 2010, presumably because the coaching and development staff didn’t think he was ready to put his talent all together on the world stage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nathan Horton on Patrice Bergeron: ‘We obviously need him’ 05.16.11 at 6:05 pm ET
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Nathan Horton wasn’t pulling any punches about the need for discipline in Game 2 Tuesday night or the need for a healthy Patrice Bergeron in the Bruins lineup.

The first of those goals is completely under the Bruins’ control. The second, not so much. And Horton and the Bruins know that.

“That’s not our question [to answer],” Horton said Monday of whether he and the Bruins are expecting No. 37 to return healthy from a mild concussion in time for Tuesday. “It’s nothing to do with us. It’s how he feels. He was out there today but I don’t think anyone knows exactly how he feels. Hopefully, he comes back sooner. We obviously need him. He’s a great player and it’s definitely nice for everyone to see him out there skating again.

“We had two days off and it’s hard to come back just after that and get back in it. He hasn’t skated or done too much for a while but he looked great out there today. As you can tell, he stays in really good shape. He’s so fit and eats well and that’s why he was so good coming back on the ice.”

As for the discipline, Horton knows he can’t be wasting time letting checking line tough guy Dominik Moore frustrate him. Horton and Milan Lucic were tossed with 37 seconds to go Saturday night when they got into it with Moore and his linemates.

“He’s not under my skin at all,” Horton insisted Monday. “I just was trying to play physical and it just kind of happened. You try not to get frustrated but obviously, you see, some guys were frustrated on our team and that’s not what we want. We want to stay away from that. When we play our game, play the way we want to play, that gets under the other team’s skin and that’s how we need to play from here on out.”

Tyler Seguin sounded a more optimistic – even positive – tone about Bergeron after watching him skate with the white sweater on during Monday’s practice.

“It’s very nice. Everyone feels good that he’s making great strides and he looked pretty good out there to me so it’s going to be great to have him back soon,” said Seguin, who still believes he can help the team in the playoffs, even if Bergeron returns to active duty.

“Definitely, I want to stay in the lineup and contribute but I’m getting ready for anything. I’m staying prepared and try not to think about it too much. I want to focus on my game because whenever the opportunity arises, I want to be right there to capitalize on it.”

Rich Peverley, who filled Bergeron’s role on the No. 2 line Monday in practice, agreed with Seguin’s assessment of Bergeron.

“He looked good,” Peverley said. “He looked like himself. Hopefully, he’s back soon.”

Read More: 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Boston Bruins, Dominik Moore, Nathan Horton
Tim Thomas wants people to keep these games in perspective at 1:50 pm ET
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Bruins goalie Tim Thomas offered some perspective on losing Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals to the Lightning on Saturday night. On Monday, following the team’s first full practice since falling behind in the series.

“You think about it but it’s on the outside of your thinking,” Thomas said when asked if he were nervous about Game 2 drawing closer on Tuesday night. “As the game draws closer, you think about it more. We had two days off so naturally, you’re going to be thinking about the game more tonight than [Sunday].

“I think you should get mentally prepared. It can get all-consuming but I don’t think really that’s the right way to go. These hockey games are important, they’re important to us, they’re important to the city but to be realistic, it is just a game. You look around at what’s going on in the world right now, Israel was attacked on numerous fronts yesterday. It can really make you put it in perspective.”

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Mixing it up: Bruins swap centers Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly at 11:41 am ET
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The Bruins scored just once in the first 58 minutes of Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

On Monday morning, in the first full practice since, Claude Julien mixed up the lines a bit while Patrice Bergeron also returned.

The speedy Rich Peverley was moved up to the second line with Mark Recchi and Brad Marchand while Chris Kelly was dropped to the third line of Tyler Seguin and Michael Ryder.

Meanwhile, Milan Lucic had to take a momentary seat on the bench after taking a slap shot from Seguin on the right foot during pre-practice warmups.

Read More: 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Boston Bruins, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic
Patrice Bergeron back on the ice for Bruins practice at 11:17 am ET
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In a sign that he may be ready to return for Game 2 Tuesday night against the Lightning, Patrice Bergeron returned to full practice Monday morning with the rest of the Bruins. Bergeron has missed the last week – including Boston’s 5-2 loss in Game 1 of the Eastern finals against Tampa Bay Saturday night – with a mild concussion, suffered when he was hit by Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux on May 6.

Bergeron was one of four forwards wearing a white sweater, joining first-liners David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic.

Before practice, Bergeron came on the ice and skated in front of general manager Peter Chiarelli before participating in power play and penalty kill drills.
He was then cleared by the coaching staff to join in full practice. Bergeron participated in a light skate before Saturday morning’s pregame skate at the Garden and skated again Sunday before being cleared for Monday morning’s practice.

On Sunday, coach Claude Julien said Bergeron would not return to game action until the forward was considered back to 100 percent.

Bergeron skated with the power play until then worked on penalty kill drills against the Bruins’ second power play unit. Bergeron then took a shift with his normal linemates of Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi before leaving the ice at about 11:25, while the Bruins continued practicing. Bergeron was on the ice for approximately an hour.

Read More: 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Boston Bruins, Claude Giroux, NHL
Guy Boucher on his Lightning: ‘We’ve done nothing yet’ 05.15.11 at 12:47 am ET
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The Bruins are keeping quiet about it but Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher said following his team’s 5-2 win in Game 1 Saturday night that the Lightning expect the return of Patrice Bergeron in time for Game 2 Tuesday night.

“They’re a really good team. They came out hard and they’re going to come out harder the next game,” Boucher said. “I’m expecting [Patrice] Bergeron to be in the lineup. I know Tim Thomas is going to make miracles. I’d be shocked if he doesn’t come out with probably his best game of the playoffs. They have a lot of pride and they came back in the first series [vs. Canadiens] from two games. It’s only one game. We’ve done nothing yet.”

Bergeron was diagnosed with a mild concussion following a hit by Claude Giroux in the third period of Game 4 against the Flyers on May 6. He took part in a light skate Saturday morning but was scratched for Game 1 on Saturday night.

Read More: 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Boston Bruins, Guy Boucher, NHL
Claude Julien calls his team out for lack of effort after Game 1 loss at 12:31 am ET
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Bruins coach Claude Julien was not satisfied with the level of his club’s intensity following a 5-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night at TD Garden.

“I think we could’ve had a better effort,” Julien said. “I think overall, as a team, we’re definitely going to need to be better and get a better effort. The rust was even on both sides, as far as time off. You don’t want to use rust as an excuse.”

The Bruins actually came out strong, applying early pressure on Tampa Bay goalie Dwayne Roloson before the Bruins had a defensive breakdown over an 85-second span that gave Tampa Bay a comfortable three-goal cushion in the first period.

“The effort was something we’re going to need more of,” Julien added. “The other part was the fact that we gave them that 3-0 lead. It was like the Montreal series. I thought we gave them some easy goals and that was more of our doing than it was theirs. Until that point, I thought we had started the game really well and had good momentum but those three goals certainly set us back.”

The Bruins will not be on the ice Sunday but return to practice Monday at TD Garden, with Game 2 scheduled for Tuesday night in Boston before the series shifts to Tampa Bay for Games 3 and 4 Thursday and Saturday.

Read More: 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Boston Bruins, Claude Julien, NHL
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