WILMINGTON -– The Eastern Conference Finals of two years ago against the Tampa Bay Lightning serve as a source of good memories for Bruins forward Tyler Seguin.
The then 19-year-old right winger made his playoff debut against the Lightning when Patrice Bergeron was lost due to a concussion, and he exploded on the scene for three goals and six points in his first two games. His second period, when he scored a pair of goals and had four points, is probably the most memorable thing he’s done in a Black and Gold sweater since arriving three seasons ago. The Bruins certainly wouldn’t have advanced to the Cup finals without the virtuoso performance.
So it’s natural for the Bruins to hope that, no pun intended, lightning can strike twice. It’s certainly for Seguin to catch fire, given the fast-paced game that Pittsburgh plays.
“Having been [to the conference finals] before helps a lot, and I know what to expect," Seguin said. "I like to say that I’m just as excited now as I was stepping into my first playoff game in the conference final. Obviously it was a couple of years ago, but having a couple of good bounces and enjoying a quick impact helps out your confidence.
“It’s definitely not easy to score in the playoffs, but it’s when the great players step up and the weak links are shown. I’d like to hope there’s another level I can get to in the third round, and really get it going.”
Seguin has four points and a minus-2 rating in 12 playoff games through the first two rounds this spring, but three of those points arrived in the last two games against the Rangers. It would appear that Seguin’s game is on the rise and might hit a crescendo when Boston could really use it.
“I like playing in games with lots of speed and skill,” said Seguin, who picked up power play assists in each of the last two games against the Rangers, and scored his lone playoff goal immediately after a power play had expired in Game 4.
“Sometimes we’re playing teams where it’s about even more grinding than usual. With Pittsburgh there will be some grinding out there, but there’s also a lot of speed out there. That’s one of the main attributes to my game.”
As the most highly-skilled player on the Black and Gold roster, it’s clear they could use Seguin now more than ever as they’ll need goals and points by the bunch against a Penguins team that leads the league in playoff goals scored by a wide margin.