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File it under “duh”: Claude Julien says Tyler Seguin is in for Game 3

May 18, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

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While Patrice Bergeron is getting closer to returning to the Bruins lineup (we’ll know more after tomorrow’s morning skate), his eventual return means that someone is going to have to sit out of the starting lineup. Given how well things went for the Bruins last night in their 6-5 win over Tampa Bay in Game 2, the choices are a bit tougher to come by.

With the options being between Bergeron’s replacement Tyler Seguin, winger Michael Ryder, and tough guy Shawn Thornton the one guy most Bruins fans might’ve been worried about was Seguin. After the way Seguin has played in the first two games of this series, even coach Claude Julien, who scratched Seguin for the first two rounds of the playoffs, knows that he can’t just sit down the hot hand.

CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty gets the scoop from the Bruins coach that there’s no way Seguin comes out in favor of Bergeron if he’s ready for Game 3.

“He’s in. [Seguin] will certainly be in the lineup,” said Julien of Seguin’s availability for Game Three. “He’s earned it. I really liked what I saw out of that whole line actually.

“You don’t pull a guy like that out of your lineup that’s been very good. Like I said, 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.”

It’s expected that B’s enforcer Shawn Thornton will be the odd guy out if Patrice Bergeron also returns to the Boston fold when the B’s get going at the St Pete Times Forum for Game Three.

Sanity prevails in Beantown.

Taking Seguin out after he’s been producing like this, even in limited minutes, would’ve been madness even in getting the Bruins top scorer after two rounds back in Bergeron. Whether you want to attribute Seguin’s play to being motivated after being benched for the first 11 games of the playoffs or chalk it up to Tampa Bay not doing their part to shut down the Bruins third line that’s your prerogative but the facts are that Seguin’s talent is finally seeing the light of day and he’s showing just what he’s capable of.

Should Thornton be the guy to come out, the Bruins aren’t losing much of anything there aside from a great quote guy for after the game. Yes he plays solid, physical hockey but he also plays less than nine minutes a game. Going with a deeper lineup that has both Seguin and Bergeron in it makes the Bruins that much more dangerous. They’ve already got the physical element nailed down, but the goals must keep coming so long as the Bruins defense isn’t doing their job to slow down Tampa Bay’s offense.

This discussion might all be moot tomorrow if Bergeron is a no-go, but the fact that Julien has finally stuck with Seguin is a good thing to see for both Seguin and the rest of the team.

  1. govtminion - May 19, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    In other news, pie is delicious.

    Nah, really Julien has no choice here. If he’d benched the kid after what he’s done in the past two games, it wouldn’t matter if the B’s win or lose- Bruins fans would be ready to strangle Julien.

    If only there were some way to bench Kaberle and get Thornton to play defense, the scenario would be perfect…

  2. koyoteken - May 19, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Let’s not be too harsh on Kaberle.
    If I’m not mistaken, he actually took a shot in game 2.

    Towards the net.

    During the game.

    While time was “in”.

    Further analysis will be required to confirm whether it was towards the opposing goal and if it actually reached the goalkeeper.

  3. nhlbruins90 - May 19, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Finally, Julian gets it. Sanity rules. But let’s not be too harsh, he did get us B’s to the conference finals. He’s a good coach. And let’s not get too ahead of ourselves … Seguin is still a rookie and Tampa will be keyed in on him tonight. He may not have the same magic tonight, but it would be impossible to repeat game 2’s performance. I have him pegged at 1 goal, 1 assist tonight.

    One thing is for sure, ratings will be up tonight. The Tyler bandwagon is growing in Boston and around the league. You know, if Julian hadn’t sat him out for the latter part of the season and the first two rounds, it’s possible he could have had some really rough games and had his confidence blown out, and maybe he would have been done for the season. He did have some really bad games at the end of the year. This may have been the perfect scenario for this kid all along. So, thanks Claude. All that matters are the results.

    • govtminion - May 19, 2011 at 2:03 PM

      No argument- Julien is a great coach, and we’re here partly because of his efforts. Had he played Seguin sooner, he might have had this star effort against Montreal or Philly- he could also have ruined the kid. Who knows? My only point is if he tried to bench him for tonight, he’d have a riot outside his office tomorrow.

      Makes one wonder if this is the beginning of a really great career for the kid, but there’s no knowing that for a while yet. Certainly this can’t hurt his development, though.

      • neuron90 - May 19, 2011 at 3:26 PM

        Agreed all around.

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