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Seguin Switches Up

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- The Bruins lines have had a bit of a different look over the last few days as forwards Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron have been switching spots on their line with Mark Recchi.

Seguin has been taking turns at center, while Bergeron has skated at right wing in both Monday's game and Wednesday's practice in Wilmington.

"I guess it was just something new from the last month or two, playing on the wing, and like I said before, I’m comfortable at either position. So going to center wasn’t a problem," said Seguin after Thursday's optional morning skate. "It doesn’t really matter to me; I mean anywhere he puts me and wherever he sees me fitting in to help this hockey team [is fine]."

Julien talked about Seguin's switch.

"Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] was taking some face-offs, but for the most part [Tyler] was at center," said Julien on Wednesday. "Right now I’m kind of using both, you know? If it’s late in the game really want to make sure you’re good in your own end, you go with the experienced guy.

"But at the same time Tyler’s gotten...a little bit more comfortable at center, using a little bit more of the ice so you give him that opportunity as well.

"And Bergy has played wing before so I think we can alternate those two guys depending on the game situation," he said.

Bergeron has made the switch before, and didn't seem fazed by the assignment.

"I know what to do," said Bergeron, who played plenty of right wing in his first year in the NHL. "I played a little bit of wing when I was junior, the year before, so I was a little bit more used to it I guess.

"Now it’s been like a long time since I’ve played the wing so it’s a different adjustment, but I’m up for the challenge."

Seguin said it took a little time to get the assignments right in the heat of a game in Toronto, on Monday.

"You know going into the game...I thought I was playing center with Soup [Gregory Campbell] and Thorty [Shawn Thornton] and then we got changed to Bergy [Bergeron] and Rex [Recchi]," explained the rookie. "So, you know, me and Bergy got a little mixed up out there with who was playing center and sometimes we’d be going out there and one guy would be taking the draw when it was supposed to be the other guy.

"So stuff like that is just going to take a game to get used to and tonight if we’re still together we'll know where we're playing."   

Bergeron didn't see that to be much of an issue.

"That’s how it’s supposed to be anyways," said Bergeron of the in-game adjustments. "So, you know, if I’m the first one there I’ll just go down low and Seggy [Seguin] is going to take my spot and...we’ve talked about that so it’s not a big issue there. We just need to know and read off each other."
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