With the Bruins power play mired in a 2-for-41 funk in the playoffs — including a costly 0-for-4 in their 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals — the coaching staff tinkered with the personnel prior to practice yesterday.
And yes, rookie Tyler Seguin was involved. First, he centered the first unit with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton, and then he centered a second unit with Mark Recchi and Michael Ryder.
David Krejci and Rich Peverley, the first- and second-unit centers in Game 1, respectively, also saw power-play time on those same lines. Patrice Bergeron, trying to come back from a concussion he suffered May 6, took part on the power play as well.
Coach Claude Julien wasn't committing to anything just yet.
"We've got different looks, we've got different players. We want to make the power play work. And it's never a bad thing to have those guys go through it, and if at one point you need him, you need him," Julien said. "And what I said (Sunday) was exactly what we wanted to do with Tyler. I mean he hadn't played a playoff game yet, and you give him a little bit to chew and then you give him maybe opportunities if need be in other areas.
"But he's a young player that we care about and want to make sure that we develop properly. And that's part of the decision we've made as an organization, not to rush him through anything. Another example is probably (James) van Riemsdyk from Philly, how good he's been this year. And yet he was a healthy scratch a lot of time last year, and he's turned out to be a pretty good player.
"So everybody has an opportunity to develop their players the way they want, and we're doing that. And we understand the quality of player we've got and what he can bring and what he's going to bring in the future."
Seguin sounded excited at the prospect of seeing some power-play time tonight.
Tyler Seguin may join PP
Boston Herald | May 17