Tag:2011 EC Finals
Posted on: May 12, 2011 6:37 pm

Bergeron still sitting for B's, Seguin to fill in

As the Bruins get ready to take on Tampa Bay starting this weekend, they know they won't have Patrice Bergeron and will instead turn to a rookie.

Bergeron has been out since suffering a concussion in Game 4 against Philadelphia and has yet to assume physical activities.

"All I can say is he keeps progressing on a daily basis," coach Claude Julien said after practice on Thursday. "He hasn't been on the ice, hasn't done any of that stuff yet. We're keeping our fingers crossed that things will start being clear and more optimistic here as we keep moving forward."

He won't be back for Boston right now, but GM Peter Chiarelli admits the team will keep Bergeron's status close to the vest.

So who will fill his spot? That would be rookie Tyler Seguin. The No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft has been a healthy scratch for every game so far this postseason, but that's about to come to an end. From the Bruins blog:

“I mean, Seguin goes into a spot here right now, and we all know he’s capable of making plays, and it’s going to be his first playoff game. We’ve got to give him that opportunity to get his feet wet. And understand, when we say getting his feet wet, you’ve got to give him that opportunity,” Julien said. “He’s also got to show that he deserves to be there and deserves to stay there. And he’s well aware of that.

Now don't expect to see Seguin taking Bergeron's place on the second line, but he will get some ice time for the first time in the playoffs, a little baptism by fire being thrown in the mix starting with the conference finals. No, it's likely he'll play on the third line alongside Rich Peverley and Michael Ryder.

“I think it’s going to go well,” Peverley said. “We’ve played well together in the past and it’s about using our speed and using our assets. I think if we do a good job of getting in on the forecheck and bring a little bit of energy try to be good defensively, hopefully we can help the team a lot.”

The Bruins have had the luxury this year of bringing along Seguin at a slower pace. It was a very unique situation for a player that high in the draft to go to a team like Boston that's prepared to win now. They can thank the Maple Leafs for that. But either way, Seguin will be pushed into action now.

In 74 games this year with the Bruins, Seguin scored 11 goals and had 11 assists.

-- Brian Stubits

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