Mike Vellucci wasn't surprised by Tyler Seguin's breakout performance in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday.
In just his second appearance of the postseason, Seguin scored two goals and had two assists to lead the Bruins to a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Vellucci became accustomed to that type of play during his two years coaching the 19-year-old center on the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.
"I know it's a huge step from juniors to the NHL, but it's exactly how he played for us, how he played in (Games 1 and 2)," Vellucci said. "To see the way he scored his goals — by using his speed and going to his backhand and going top-shelf one time, and on the other one on a 2-on-1 beating the goalie top-shelf — I've seen that hundreds of times in the two years that I coached him."
Seguin hadn't had many opportunities in his first postseason with the Bruins. The No.?2 pick in last June's draft had been a spectator for the first 11 games of the playoffs as he was squeezed out of coach Claude Julien's rotation.
Vellucci and Seguin remain in contact through text messages, but they hadn't spoken specifically about the lack of ice time.
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