TAMPA BAY, Fla. --
In Tuesday night's 6-5 Bruins victory over the Lightning in Game 2, Tyler Seguin
scored two goals and added two assists in the second period. That tied an NHL record for points in a playoff period made the rookie just the fourth Bruin to accomplish the feat and raised Seguin's two game line to 3-3-6.
So, when Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli called in to 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich show on Wednesday morning, the obvious question was whether the rookie forward would play in Thursday night's Game 3.
Chiarelli said, "I think we'll find a spot for him."
B's Head Coach Claude Julien confirmed the the B's plans on Wednesday afternoon when, after the B's arrived in Florida, he spoke with the gathered press in Tampa Bay.
"Well, I’m going to tell you right now, he’s going to be in the lineup tomorrow," said Julien. "That’s for sure.
"You don’t pull a guy like that out of your lineup that’s been very good.
"He’s earned it, he deserves to be in the lineup, and that’s what we want to see. We want to see those kind of things happening," he said.
Seguin hopes to make "those kind of things" continue to happen.
"Yeah, I think after the game it kicked in a bit more," said Seguin of his two goal, four point performance on Tuesday.
"It's a great victory for all of us and everyone's very happy."
But the thoughts of the B's young forward had already turned to Game 3.
"We put it behind us after last night, after talking over the after the game," said Seguin. "It is about getting prepared for tomorrow night's game."
|Seguin (19) scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson (35) in the second period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final playoff series in Boston Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) |
For the first time this playoffs, and perhaps for the first time this season, Seguin is certain to be in the lineup. After being told of Julien's words, and ensuring that he heard them correctly, Seguin explained he was excited to have another opportunity.
"Oh, yeah, it definitely feels good," he said. "Right now I've been trying to stay prepared in case I ever got the call.
"It's definitely tough, losing one of your best players due to injuries, but we all know injuries are part of the game.
"So I was just trying to stay ready and stay sharp and if I get the call next game, that is what I am going to continue to do," he said.
Seguin said that Game 2 was fun, but sounded determined to stay grounded as he prepared for his third playoff game.
"Again, it's just one game," said Seguin. "I know that it's just one game.
"I got my first Playoff game out of the way, then we had [Tuesday] night.
"So we have a long series here and I want to stay ready."