Seguin accepts different postseason role with B's

Seguin accepts different postseason role with B's
June 7, 2013, 3:30 pm
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BOSTON – Perhaps pairing Tyler Seguin with shootout virtuoso Kaspars Daugavins and Rich Peverley will result in the 21-year-old getting more frequent offensive chances, but it doesn’t appear that is the young forward’s role in these playoffs.

Seguin actually had one of those chances in the third period against the Penguins after Tuukka Rask had stuffed Evgeni Malkin at one end of the ice, but the speeding forward missed high and wide with a clean shot attempt on Tomas Vokoun.

Those are the missed scoring chances that Seguin needs to at least hit the net with, or pull it out and create a scoring chance for one of his teammates.

But with Chris Kelly as their center, the third line was put onto the ice in defensive situations against Sidney Crosby and Co. and keeping the puck out of their own net was No. 1 on the job description list.

That has led Seguin to speaking quite a bit about filling a certain role that he’s serving during these playoffs, and adjusting to playing 11-12 minutes of ice time rather than the 17:01 he averaged during the regular season.

So what does his current playoff role mean to him?

“We’re trying to be strong in our own zone, and get momentum and chances,” said Seguin. “Obviously all of us on the line would like to score goals and that’s what we’d like to be doing, but also in the playoffs you have to step into shoes that you’re not used to filling.

“Maybe it’s making an extra pass or playing well in your own zone while creating chances for that next line to go out there and score a goal. Sometimes those things go back to the shift before, and we’re taking a lot of pride in that right now. In the back of your mind you do it while thinking about going all of the way, and doing what you can to help out your team.”

It’s been noticeable when Seguin has engaged in and won more battles in the playoffs than he’d ever attempted before, and it’s clearly a learning process for the 21-year-old in this third postseason

Seguin has only five shots in the three game series against the Pittsburgh Penguins and has been kept off the scoreboard. He’s still getting his chances on the power play even if his opportunity to make plays has diminished with a role outside the top six group of forwards.

But he’s also a plus-1 while skating for a line that’s preventing goals allowed from happening when they are out on the ice. The line’s dynamic may change with the “Daug Man” entering the equation and Peverley sliding over into the center spot, but it appears that the seriousness with which they take their role will not.