It is not entirely accurate to say that Tyler Seguin has never dressed for an NHL playoff game. For all seven Bruins-Canadiens first-round games and the four that followed against Philadelphia, the Boston coaching staff instructed Seguin to pull on his gear for pregame warm-ups.

"I needed him to get the experience of seeing how guys are getting ready for playoff games,'' said coach Claude Julien. "He was in the dressing room before it started. I think those are things that hopefully will have allowed him to grow and get even better. Those things were done purposefully. Now it's his opportunity to step in there and show that he's going to be a contributor to our hockey club.''

Whenever Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals will be — Thursday or Saturday are the likely dates — Seguin will play for real. With Patrice Bergeron unavailable because of a concussion, Seguin will get his first taste of NHL playoff action.