Seguin fits right in with Krejci

Seguin fits right in with Krejci
March 2, 2012, 6:02 am
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BOSTON -- You're Tyler Seguin. You're 20 years old. You've just been told that you're being moved from the line that has helped bring you so much success in your break-out, All-Star season.

Life could be worse. It's not too often that you'd welcome that line change, unless you're joining forces with David Krejci.

And that's not a knock on Patrice Bergeron. Not even close.

Bergeron had helped Seguin notch 20 goals in 60 games this season heading into Thursday night's game with the New Jersey Devils at the TD Garden. And Seguin loves playing with him and speedy winger Brad Marchand.

So being excited to find out that he'd be moving from that line to a line with Krejci and Milan Lucic had nothing to do with wanting to distance himself from the others.

And that's what Seguin was. He was excited to be teaming up with Krejci and Lucic. He said it gave him a spark.

Seguin found out via text message. After the morning skate, Seguin was upstairs at the TD Garden when his phone went off. It was Lucic. The text read, "Lets go tonight, bud."

He figured that meant he was playing with Lucic and Krejci. Then he got the confirmation when he walked into the dressing room later that afternoon.

"I don't know if I was too surprised," said Seguin after Thursday night's 4-3 overtime win over the Devils. "Obviously I love playing with Bergeron and Marchand. I've kind of been with them all year."

Playing with either Bergeron or Krejci, ultimately, as a skilled winger with speed, you can't lose. But it's certainly different.

Both Bergeron and Krejci are playmakers, great ones at that. But it's a different style of playmaking.

Doesn't make sense? Let Seguin describe.

"Bergy's pretty fast and he's got a lot of skill, so he can dish the puck. But Krejci, I think, is different from Bergy, where he really slows the game down a little bit more," said Seguin after Thursday's win.

"In the end, both are good. I thought Marshy and Bergy and I always used our speed. And then with Krejci, when he's got a power forward like Lucic and me with some speed, I think it works out well."

Bergeron is more blue-collar. He likes to work in the corners. He wins battles along the boards and finds his wingers in open ice.

Krejci is more wizardly. He likes to slow the play down to his speed, even on the rush. He steps over the blue line, stops just above the half-wall, and finds his wingers in open ice.

Both styles work. But for someone like Seguin, your eyes light up when you get to play with someone like Krejci.

"There were a couple plays tonight where Krejci's about to get the puck, and I'm in an area where I know I can get it, and he doesn't even make eye contact with me, nothing," said Seguin. "And then he gets me the puck. That's just kind of the player that he is.

"There was a time in overtime, where, at the beginning of overtime, he got the puck in the slot and just tapped it back to me, and I was surprised, because I don't even think he looked at me," added Seguin, in awe of Krejci's finesse talent with the puck. "But I know that's the type of player that he is, and I know that I have to be ready for those opportunities."

Seguin finished Thursday's win with a goal and an assist and a plus-two rating. His goal was his first since Feb. 5 and snapped a 10-game scoring drought.

His assist came before his goal though, as he came up the right wing with speed, and dropped it back to the high slot to a trailing Krejci, who put it away to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead 1:13 into the game.

Seven minutes later, Seguin was the trailer on the rush, and scored on a shot from the top of the left circle, after receiving a pass from Lucic, giving the B's a 2-0 first-period lead.

"I saw Looch with the puck, going wide, and there's not too many guys that can catch him or take him down, so, I just tried to stay high and wait for the puck," said Seguin. "That's kind of an example of watching players and just learning from them, even if you're not playing with them, and bringing it into your game when you do play with them."

He'd never tell you, but it was like Seguin had been waiting for the opportunity to play with Krejci and Lucic. He watched from afar, and when called upon, he fit right in, right away.

"You could see it on the first goal," said Krejci. "Hes got a great vision and he found me basically wide open. Hes got a shot, hes got speed, vision, so he played a really strong game tonight."

Whether with Bergeron or Krejci, it's not bad to be Tyler Seguin.