Once in a while, you just get one of those games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs where everybody scores. The goaltenders aren’t all that bad, but the stars on each team just shoot the puck with remarkable efficiency.
That was a prime example Tuesday as the Boston Bruins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 to tie the Eastern Conference Final 1-1.
But it was the play of Boston Bruin rookie Tyler Seguin that deserved significant recognition on Tuesday. Seguin, who is only 19 years of age, recorded a remarkable four points in the second period–two goals and two assists. While playing even strength with former Montreal Canadien Michael Ryder and former Ottawa Senator Chris Kelly, Seguin was a very respectable +3, impressive because a major reason why he was benched for the first two Bruins’ series was because head coach Claude Julien was concerned about his defense.
Rich Peverley was much better on the faceoff circle for Boston in game two. He won 15 of 20 draws after losing 10 of 16 draws in game one.
Patrice Bergeron is expected to return for the Bruins for Game Three Thursday in Tampa, so it will be interesting to see who Julien takes out of the lineup. It shouldn’t be Seguin after his great performance Tuesday. My thinking is it will either be Gregory Campbell or Dan Paille.