Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Seguin to get another chance to shine

Categories: Boston Bruins, VAN vs. BOS, Vancouver Canucks

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Tyler Seguin, seen in practice last week, impressed for Boston in their Conference Final series against Tampa Bay. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press) Tyler Seguin, seen in practice last week, impressed for Boston in their Conference Final series against Tampa Bay. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

After Nathan Horton of the Boston Bruins was seriously injured in Game 3, coach Claude Julien gave Michael Ryder and Rich Peverley shifts on the first line alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci. Ryder scored a goal and two assists in 13:05 of ice time in the 8-1 Game 3 thrashing.

As an offensive player, Ryder is the closest approximation to Horton. Ryder has one of the better snap shots on the team. Ryder has been the left wing on the No. 3 line.

If Julien wants more speed and a two-way presence on the line, he could slot Peverley into the vacancy. Peverley started Game 3 as the third-line right wing. In Game 3, Peverley had one assist in 19:01 of work.

The Bruins could also give Tyler Seguin some shifts on the first line. Seguin was a healthy scratch for Game 3 when the coaching staff tabbed Shawn Thornton for fourth-line duty. Regardless of which line he plays on, Seguin will be back in the lineup tomorrow.

Seguin had three points and three goals in his first two games of the playoffs, against Tampa Bay in the conference final, but went without a point in the next seven before sitting out Game 3.

"With Horton gone now, there's a pretty good chance you're going to see him in the lineup again," Julien said. "He's a good player for us. Yesterday was a tough decision. But when you look back at what happened last night, I think it was the right thing to put Shawn in."

Hoping for the best

Unsurprisingly, it was revealed early Tuesday that Horton won't be back for the rest of the final.

"Obviously a long road to recovery," Julien said. "Hopefully he gets better soon."

Horton, who spent Monday night at Massachusetts General Hospital, was released Tuesday morning. He is resting at home.

"His health is really important," said Patrice Bergeron, who recovered from his third concussion last month. "I sent him a text message. I'm not expecting a response. I want him to do better and get better. We're all thinking about him."

The Bruins are no strangers to concussions. In 2007, Bergeron suffered a severe concussion that knocked him out for the season. Marc Savard's career is in jeopardy, the consequence of two hits - first Matt Cooke, then ex-teammate Matt Hunwick - that have left him with memory loss.

Offensive explosion

The Bruins didn't score in Game 1. They put only two pucks behind Roberto Luongo in Game 2.

That all changed in Game 3, when Luongo had to fish eight pucks out of his goal. The Bruins had speed through center ice. They placed their dumps in areas where their forwards could track them down. They broke through on their power play and stuck a knife in Vancouver's heart when Brad Marchand scored a highlight-reel shorthanded goal.

"I thought we had some better quality shots," Julien said. "We had better traffic in front of the net. We took loose pucks, and instead of working the perimeter, we started taking pucks more to the net. Consequently, that gave us goals we were looking for since the start of the series."

Alain Vigneault asked Luongo if he wanted to come out after the fifth goal. Luongo answered that he didn't want to go anywhere.

"He's a great goalie," said Patrice Bergeron. "I had him at the Olympics. He was great. We have to have the same approach in putting pucks on net and testing him next game. I expect him to have a good game again."