BOSTON -- Tyler Seguin
played his first NHL postseason game on Saturday night and provided the Boston Bruins some spark and one of their only highlights during a disappointing 5-2 loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden.
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"Yeah, [Michael Ryder] gave me a great pass and I remember just going underneath the guy’s stick and taking it wide and trying to cut to the net, which is something I’ve been trying to work on with this off time," said Seguin. "And luckily it worked out."
The deke left Tampa Bay's Mike Lundin scrambling to put himself between the puck and Lighting goalie Dwayne Roloson, but the defender couldn't correct his positioning quick enough to stop Seguin who snapped a shot by the veteran netminder.
"I was just going through the stick," said Seguin. "It was kind of a cut back move.
"I know I’m going one way, hopefully I’m shifting enough to get back the other way and play and it ended up working out."
But the final score didn't end up working out for Boston and the Bruins now trail the Lightning 1-0 going into Game 2.
"Yeah, it’s tough especially my second shift they scored two quick ones on us," said Seguin. "It definitely was an adjustment just coming in this tempo and I popped that first goal and it was a bit of a relief and I got more adjusted and more confident, more poised there I felt.
"And then the third period I ended up playing a bit more and tried to keep that consistency."
All of the Bruins will be trying for more consistency in Game 2, but from his own standpoint, Seguin said he now understands the difference between regular season and playoff hockey.
"I’ve been saying it just from watching it up top. The intensity level and the tempo and being out there my first couple shifts I could really feel a difference," he said. "Even I was saying, after All-Star Break, the tempo did pick up more now. But I try to use that in my game, I try to use my speed, and usually it works out."
As the game progressed, so did Seguin, who ended up with 9:38 of ice time, two points on three shots and also added two hits.
"You kind of have to do everything," said the rookie forward of his overall play. "And I also want to bring a physical approach to the game and appearance.
"And I tried doing that a few times finishing my checks.
"Even going into the third, I just felt a lot better than I did in the first," added Seguin. "Just getting back the few strides and playoff tempo under my belt."
Concussed Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron
waved to the crowd via the video scoreboard during the game and gave B's fans hope that they would see the center sooner than later and postgame Seguin was asked if he had made a case for staying in the lineup when the B's alternate captain returned to action.
"I think it’s one game," said Seguin. "Right now, I’m just thinking about if I get the opportunity, I’m just trying to contribute as much as I can and try to put up results up for the boys and try to get wins."
The man who will have the most say on how much Seguin plays going forward, Boston Head Coach Claude Julien, said that his 19-year-old winger had a good game.
"I thought when he had his chance, we took advantage of it and scored," said Julien. "Obviously, he had a lot of energy tonight and excitement in his game, so he was a good player for us."