Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Seguin steals the show for Bruins

Categories: BOS vs. TAM, Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning

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Tyler Seguin, left, has six points in his first #two playoff games. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Tyler Seguin, left, has six points in his first #two playoff games. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
It took a Patrice Bergeron concussion in Game 4 of the second round to bring Tyler Seguin into uniform and out of suit and tie.

After a breakout performance in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final, it will be impossible to tear that jersey off.

In only 5:35 of ice time in the second period, Seguin lit up Dwayne Roloson for two goals, then added two assists on a pair of Michael Ryder strikes. The 19-year-old became only the fourth player in team history to record four points in one post-season period.

In total, Seguin had three shots in 13:31 of ice time.

"He showed why he's going to be such a great player and why he's always going to be a threat in this league," teammate Brad Marchand said. "For him to step up like he did tonight, and last game too he did a great job. He was really the reason we won tonight."

On the first goal, Seguin took a pass from Ryder, accelerated past Tampa defender Victor Hedman -- he would have been whistled for a delayed slashing penalty -- and Randy Jones at full speed, then beat Roloson with a backhander top shelf.

"With my time off over the last couple weeks, I've been working on driving the net hard and picking up speed in the neutral zone," Seguin said.

"On that goal today, I just kind of cut to the neutral zone and there were two D. I just tried to beat them with my speed. I just wanted to mix up the move and not do the same thing I did last game, so it worked out."

Later in the second, during a 2-on-1 rush, Nathan Horton crossed over the blue-line and hit Seguin in the slot. As soon as Seguin received the pass, the rookie snapped the puck off his stick, again going high on Roloson.

Seguin wasn't done. On the power play, he one-timed a shot from the left circle that Roloson stopped. But Ryder was there to bang home the rebound.

Seguin completed his four-point outburst with perhaps his smartest move of the night. After a Dennis Seidenberg shot went wide and rimmed around the boards, Seguin picked the puck off the left-side wall. As Hedman and Steven Stamkos converged on Seguin, the rookie slipped a backhand pass to an open Chris Kelly in the slot. Roloson stopped Kelly, but Ryder scored on the rebound once more.

The night was especially sweet considering Seguin had been a healthy scratch for the entire first and second rounds.

"I remember a specific time where Shawn Thornton came up to me," said Seguin. "It was the beginning of the second round and he just came up to and said, 'Look, kid, If we're going to the Cup, you're going to get an opportunity to play, just because injuries are part of the game. Have fun with it. Enjoy the ride. Take it all in and use it as a learning experience.'

"So I looked at up top as an opportunity as well. It was tough watching, but I tried to take it as an opportunity and when I got the chance to come in, I just wanted to seize it."

Boucher steamed about crumbling structure

The Lightning turned a 6-3 third-period deficit into a one-goal game. But coach Guy Boucher wasn't pleased with how his usually disciplined team played a run-and-gun style.

"It was a pond hockey game tonight," said Boucher. "When you play a pond hockey game, there is a chance it won't turn your way. It's your breakaway, it's my breakaway. It's your 2-on-1, it's my 2-on-1. It might be exciting for the fans. But from the team's perspective and standpoint, it's not how we have played.

"When the other team is that hungry we can't let that happen. We could have come back. We always come back in the third periods. We're known for that and one or two goals, we can always come back. But three, it's a lot. We could have had them, we missed open nets there. But even if we would have won that game, we certainly wouldn't have been happy with the win."

Kubina still struggling

Lightning defenceman Pavel Kubina missed his second game of the series because of a concussion. Kubina's availability for the rest of the Eastern Conference final remains in doubt. Kubina never traveled to Boston.

"He's not even here, so the update is not very good," said Boucher. "Every day when there seems to be a little progression, it kind of slips back a bit. It's kind of an injury that you never know. You wake up the next day and everything's great, or it just keeps on going the same way.

"So it's very hard to monitor what's going on with him. Obviously we're missing him. He's got size. He's got some offensive abilities on our second power play. He's made a big difference on it. But right now, we've adapted."

Bergeron remains out

As expected, Patrice Bergeron didn't play in Game 2. Bergeron is scheduled to travel with the team to Tampa. The centre could return for either Game 3 or 4 at St. Pete Times Forum.

Bergeron wasn't the only Bruin in attendance for Game 2 recovering from a concussion. Marc Savard, out for the year since Jan. 22 because of a concussion suffered after taking a hit from Matt Hunwick, attended the game. Savard received a healthy ovation from the TD Garden crowd during a first-period TV timeout.