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Seguin, Chiarelli Pleased With Debut

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Boston, MA -- Tyler Seguin, the Boston Bruins first round draft choice (2nd overall) in this past June's NHL Entry Draft said that it was good to get one in the books.

"It was great [to play for the] first time in an actual game wearing the Boston Bruins logo," he said to reporters following the Bruins 5-2 win over the New York Islandrs rookies on Wednesday night. "It definitely felt nice."

Like most of his teammates, the bright lights in the TD Garden and the noise of the crowd came as a bit of a shock.

"It was amazing," he said. "I heard like 10,000, then I heard like 12,000 showed up.

"That’s pretty incredible."

Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli thought his players showed some jitters early.

"I thought generally the younger guys were a little nervous to start," said Chiarelli. "Specifically, I think Tyler [Seguin] was a little bit nervous to start, but I think you saw him get a little more into the game as it progressed.

"I thought he played well."

Seguin didn't characterize it as nerves, but admitted that there was a little bit of difference as he begain his pro career.

"[It's the] first game in a couple months, three, four months, so it was nice to get this one under the belt," he said. "I think I was probably just too excited.

"I didn’t feel too nervous out there, but as the game went on I definitely felt more comfortable.

"I started getting a bit more rhythm."

Providence Bruins Head Coach Rob Murray liked what he saw from behind the bench.

"I thought when the puck was in Tyler [Seguin]’s hands, he definitely showed his skill level," said Murray, "especially on that seam pass to Caron...for Jordan’s second goal."

Seguin talked about that goal, scored at 11:31 of the third period with Boston on the power play.

"I went there and came out of the corner and I think everyone kind of thought I was going to shoot, but then I saw [Jordan] Caron last second and I put it over to him and he finished the rest," said Seguin.

"It was unreal," added Seguin of Caron's three-goal performance . I mean, three goals, he played really good.

"He’s a good player."

Obviously, Seguin's pretty good, too.

"Tonight what I saw from Tyler was what we saw from him...when we scouted him," said Chiarelli. "You saw some of the passes he made and you saw some of the little plays that he made, mature plays that he made moving up the ice with the puck.

"He can play the half wall on the power play and I think he can probably play down low and bring the puck up on the power play.

"He’s a versatile offensive player."

Chiarelli also said, "What you saw tonight -- you’re going to see a lot more of what you saw tonight, but on a more consistent basis."
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