The numbers for the Boston Bruins Tyler Seguin
are somewhat astounding.
The rookie foward has played in two games, scored three goals, added three assists, for six points (off eight total Boston goals) in just 23:09 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Not a bad postseason debut for a player who had watched every game of the B's Stanley Cup Playoff run from the press box.
"It’s definitely tough watching from above," said Seguin. "I try to take everything in and learn as much as I can, but it’s hard sitting there and not being able to help the boys.
"I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity I got."
Seguin sparked Boston's five goal second period when he beat Tampa Bay goalie Dwayne Roloson on a breakaway just 48 seconds into the middle stanza.
"Whenever I face adversity, I always try to take a negative and turn it into a positive. Watching the first two rounds, I could still learn a lot and see the game from up top." - Tyler Seguin
"I’ve been working on driving the net hard and picking up speed in the neutral zone," said Seguin. "On that goal today, I just kind of cut to the neutral zone and there were two D and I just tried to beat them with my speed and I just wanted to mix up the move and not do the same thing I did last game.
"So it worked out."
Besides a (-2) hiccup in his first shift on Saturday, pretty much everything Seguin's done in Games 1 and 2 have gone his way, and after the disappointment of being a healthy scratch during the first two series of this postseason, the B's top pic (second overall) in the 2010 draft admitted the adversity has driven him.
"Whenever I face adversity, I always try to take a negative and turn it into a positive," said Seguin. "Watching the first two rounds, I could still learn a lot and see the game from up top.
"So whenever I get the opportunity again, whether it’s getting cut in World Juniors and going back to OHL or being the press box and coming back to the team.
"I want to take advantage of every opportunity," he said.
But will those opportunities continue?
Seguin was asked whether he'd proven that he belongs in the lineup.
"I’m not thinking too much into that," said Seguin. "I know if the injury came...I wanted to take advantage of my ice time, whatever it may be, and stay consistent with that.
"Tonight I thought I had another strong game and if the opportunity comes next game, I’ll try to extend it."