Seguin fits right in with Krejci


Seguin fits right in with Krejci

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.

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

After sitting out the last month with a lower body injury, Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari has been assigned to Providence presumably to get up to speed after missing a considerable length of time. It also means that Acciari has likely been cleared medically to play after appearing in B's practice over the last few days after missing the last 14 games. 

The 24-year-old former Providence College standout has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins this season after breaking camp with the team, and recorded two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating before suffering a lower body injury.

By all accounts Acciari was a good energy player on a surprisingly good fourth line to start the season, wasn’t afraid to throw around his body for impactful hits and was having plenty of success aggravating opponents into losing their cool and taking penalties. Fellow rookie forward Anton Blidh has stepped in and played a similar role on the fourth line over the last couple of games for the Black and Gold, so that gives the Bruins plenty of time to get Acciari back up to speed at the AHL level without their fourth line’s level of play dropping in the meantime.

The Acciari demotion to Providence does mean that the Bruins head into Washington with 12 forwards, so it should again be Blidh, Dominic Moore and Jimmy Hayes as the fourth line barring any last minute wrinkles from Claude Julien. 

Are Patriots still 'pissed off' at Ravens for Deflategate role?

Are Patriots still 'pissed off' at Ravens for Deflategate role?

The Patriots should always be motivated heading into games against the Ravens. After all, Baltimore might be the team’s primary rival. 

Yet Monday’s matchup might be about more than past meetings. It could be a revenge game for the Ravens’ role in the Deflategate fiasco. 

As Tom E. Curran notes in the above video, the then-recently eliminated Ravens set off the ordeal when they tipped off the Colts entering the 2014 AFC Championship game. From there, the year-and-a-half-long saga played itself out, ultimately resulting in Tom Brady accepting a four-game suspension from the league. 

Curran and Mike Giardi discussed whether Monday could be a revenge game, with them both concluding that they feel the Patriots are still “pissed off” at the Ravens. 

"I’m just reading the tea leaves,” Curran said. “Bill Belichick will usually throw bouquet after bouquet at the Baltimore Ravens any time they play, from Ozzie Newsome, to George Kokinis, to Eric DeCosta, to John Harbaugh, Dean Pees, everyone. Not a lot of that today. Make of that what you will; I don’t think it’s a coincidence because I do know that when the Patriots were going through the process early on, the fact that the Ravens had dropped a dime -- their assistant special teams coach Jerry Rosburg calling the Indianapolis Colts and saying, “Look there was some foolishness going on with the K balls.’

“Additionally, when that email from the Colts to the NFL was sent to Mike Kensil, it said, 'It’s well-known throughout the league that the Patriots screw with the balls after they’ve been checked by the officials.' So if that conversation was going on during the week between those two teams, one certainly has to surmise that they also spoke about the fact of deflating footballs. 

“So as much as John Harbaugh has tried to dissuade anyone from thinking there was involvement, Dean Pees was interviewed by Ted Wells, Jerry Rosburg was interviewed by Ted Wells. Those are the only two principals from other organizations who were involved, so yeah, I think they’re still probably pretty pissed off about it.”