Hey, maybe this Tyler Seguin kid CAN play a little bit.
The Bruins pulled out a back and forth contest last night, 6-5 at the Garden to even the Eastern Conference Finals at a game apiece. Playing once again without Patrice Bergeron, the Bruins got a huge boost from the rookie Seguin, as he tallied two goals and two assists in the Boston win.
A star is born – Joe Haggerty compares Seguin last night to Roger Clemens striking out 20 in 1986, or Tom Brady leading the Patriots on a last-second drive to win Super Bowl XXXVI. More on the magical performance of Seguin and the rest of the game from: Douglas Flynn | Amanda Bruno | Joe McDonald | Bill Burt | Mick Colageo | Matt Kalman | Steve Buckley | DJ Bean | Eric McHugh | James Murphy
You’ll notice the absence of a story from the Globe in there. Apparently, after writing something like this on Monday…
The ever-correct fan base, of course, knows in its bones that Tyler Seguin (1-1—2 in his playoff debut Saturday night) is the cure-all to Boston’s poor start in Round 3. When the Bruins find themselves in times of trouble, the fans come speaking words of wisdom, and those words always include the inexperienced Seguin. Let it be, the Seguinaphants always say.
…it can be hard to then come out and unconditionally praise that same player. Right after the game in the Seguin press conference, Kevin Paul Dupont, who wrote the above on Monday, grilled Seguin about why we didn’t see this sort of performance in October.
Q. I think a lot of people are going to look at that game tonight and say why didn’t we see that in October or January or February. What’s your answer to that?
TYLER SEGUIN: I think it’s just a learning curve. It’s been a whole learning curve all year, and as the year went on, I felt more confident, more poised, and in big games I always want to step up. Tonight I had some lucky bounces, but I was trying to take advantage of all opportunities, and they were going in tonight.
This morning, he reminds the “Seguinistas” that the rookie scored exactly one goal over the final 23 games of the regular season, so Dupont says that Claude Julien was “absolutely not” wrong to have not played Seguin.
Now, while many are in fact going overboard in their praise and expectations of Seguin, especially after last night, the kid showed that many of the fan base were in fact, correct in calling for him to see the ice.
Then we have Shaughnessy. The downside of the Bruins making it this far is that we’ll now have columns like today’s, in which Dan compares Julien to Grady Little multiple times, and refers to Seguin as “teen angel.” How fun.
It is unfortunate that those types of agenda-riddled and inane columns overshadow the fine work done by the likes of Fluto Shinzawa at the Globe.
Thomas’ timely stops help B’s prevail – Tim Thomas was far from perfect last night, but he battled throughout taking a puck off his face, and Jesse Connolly acknowledges his efforts. More on Thomas from Jeff Hamrick and Stephen Harris.
Bergeron continues positive strides – Shinzawa’s notebook has the assistant captain continuing to progress. The Herald Bruins Notebook has more on Bergeron. The Bruins Journal from Dan Hickling also monitors Bergeron. The CSNNE notes from Joe Haggerty have more on Thomas coming up big when it matters. The ESPN Boston Rapid Reaction has a number of items from last night.
Alfredo Aceves stepping into starting role for Red Sox – Mike Fine has the right-hander replacing the disabled Daisuke Matsuzaka in the rotation.
Bowden will lend a hand in bullpen – Peter Abraham and Michael Vega have the righty getting a promotion. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has more on Aceves. Maureen Mullen has more on Bowden getting the call.
Russell still tallying assists – Julian Benbow and Gary Washburn have the Celtics legend being praised for his mentoring work.
The ‘What ifs?’ start with Tony Allen – Chris Forsberg says that Allen could’ve changed everything this season, and then translates that situation to the Celtics needing to make re-signing Glen Davis a priority.