Bruins: Seguin oversleeping is 'old news'

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Bruins: Seguin oversleeping is 'old news'

Jordan Caron rooms with Tyler Seguin at a condo in Charlestown when the two youngsters are in Boston, and he was Seguins roommate at the team hotel in Winnipeg when the 19-year-old now infamously overslept for team meetings on Tuesday morning.

Caron recounted what happened from his point of view when Seguin missed team breakfast and morning meetings before being scratched for the Bruins' game against the Winnipeg Jets. According to Caron, the team got in around 2 a.m. on Tuesday and both players went straight to bed after arriving in Winnipeg.

Caron awoke the next morning to get breakfast and left Seguin sleeping while he quietly exited their hotel room. Once Caron and his teammates realized that Seguin still hadnt woken up with the team meeting starting, they tried to call the 19-year-old. But Seguin had put his phone on vibrate and didnt hear any of the phone call attempts from his teammates, and Caron said he didnt physically walk up to the room to get him because the meeting was just about to start.

"We tried to call him a few times just before the meeting. His phone was off or something. It was an accident. I dont think it was anybodys fault. He wasnt out or anything," said Caron. We came in pretty late. We went to bed at the same time. I went to breakfast early the next morning and didnt want to wake him up, of course.

"It was an accident. The guys are behind him with support and Im pretty sure it wont be happening again."

Several among the Bruins traveling party indicated that the Verizon service on their cell phones was bouncing sporadically between the Central Time Zone for Winnipeg and the Mountain Time Zone, and that might have been what Seguin was clumsily attempting to explain when he said his phone was on Boston time after the Bs loss to the Jets.Seguin did face the media following morning skate Thursday, but simply said: "I talked about it the other day and I've alread kind ofmoved on to getting ready for tonight's game."

The one thing Caron wanted to make abundantly clear: Seguin was in the hotel the entire time and that it was a simple case of a 19-year-old kid making a mistake and sleeping through a meeting.

Hes usually the first one up and leaving the room, said Caron. Hes not someone that oversleeps all the time. It was just an accident. Last year in the playoffs I came in a bit late, but I didnt miss practice. I was so nervous. I was living right beside the rink here, and I remember grabbing a pair of jeans and a T-shirt and running to the rink. Its a bad feeling."

No doubt its the same bad feeling Seguin has been experiencing the last couple of days. But Claude Julien said its time to turn the page on the incident, and reaffirmed that Seguin would be back in the lineup against the Florida Panthers Thursday night.

Theres no doubt the second-year forward should be armed with the proper motivation against a Florida team that's surprised this year.

This is old news. For us weve turned the page on it. Old news is old news and weve moved on, said Julien. Hes fine and Im fine. Hell be in the lineup and playing. Hes missed a game. Hes paid his dues. Hes a 19-year-old that is fine with us and hes a good professional. The page is turned and we move on.

Julien was wrong about one thing. The page will only be turned when Seguin goes out and performs like the teams leading scorer after his big sleep in Winnipeg. It could be as soon as tonight in Boston against the Panthers.

Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.

The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.

NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.

 

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