Sunday, Claude Julien
reaffirmed that rookie Tyler Seguin
was one of the best players on the ice for Boston in Saturday's Game 1 loss.
Seguin had a goal and an assist in the 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning
and displayed his world-class skills on the first-period goal. He used an absolutely sick move to beat Tampa defenseman Mike Lundin
and then used a quick shot to beat Dwayne Roloson
to the far post.
Sounds like just the type of skill set that could help out a Boston power play that finished 0-for-4 in Game 1 and is now just 2-for-41 in the postseason, doesn't it?
Well, Julien said he had no real inclination Saturday night to include Seguin on either man-advantage unit, not even after Boston failed to gain the offensive zone on the first power-play opportunity of the night.
"I think it's a situation here where you've got to understand this is a 19-year-old that hasn't played in 11 games," Julien said Sunday afternoon. "He comes back in and you want to give him some small chunks to bite on, and certainly work his way up.
"But I think the other part is if our power play had not started picking it up, which I thought our first power play was really not a good one, our second one got a little better and then we got some shots starting to go through on the other one. Had it not, then we would have thrown him in there.
"But our power play's been good the last couple of games, and just because you struggle on the first couple of ones, you can't explode it again and try something new. I think had it not gone well, we would've, and he would've certainly been considered."