Seguin back in lineup for Game 4


Seguin back in lineup for Game 4

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON Some of the suspense for the Game 4 Bruins lineup has been ended with Tyler Seguin a lock to jump back on the active roster in place of the concussed Nathan Horton, who may or may not be in attendance at TD Garden on Wednesday night.

The 19-year-old has been scoreless in his last seven playoff games dating back to a four-point explosion against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the Conference Finals, but will once again be responding to a healthy scratch on Monday night."I wasn't happy with how I played in that last game in Vancouver," said Seguin. "I didn't think I played my best. I can't say I saw the healthy scratch coming and I can't say I was was shocked. It was what it was."

During the season Seguin always responded with some offense when scratched or having the threat of playing time over his head, and that would again appear to be the case for the Bruins.

Hell need to be more of a presence after failing to get a shot off on net in each of the first two games he played against the Canucks in the Cup Finals.

Its going to take everybody to play well again, Julien said. Its not just because Nathan Horton is out of our lineup. Thats what it is going to take to beat this team. Weve known that from the start.

I didnt think we had that full team effort in the first couple of games. Last game was a little bit better. We need to continue with that trend. We are playing it safe. We put 23 guys out there for warm-up. We make decisions after warm-ups as long as everybody is ready to go. I think people have a pretty good idea Tyler Seguin will be back in the lineup. If you didnt, you know now.

Jordan Caron also skated with the Black and Gold in place of Mark Recchi, who once again exercised his 43-year-old option for the morning skate as all future Hall of Famers should be afforded. Caron will take part in the Stanley Cup Final warm-up on the TD Garden ice for the first time during the playoffs, and would be the next option for the Bs if there are any further injuries.

The lines should appear as follows:

Lucic - Krejci - Ryder

Marchand - Bergeron - Recchi

Peverley - Kelly - Seguin

Paille - Campbell - Thornton

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Bruins still in waiting mode on Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Anders Bjork

Bruins still in waiting mode on Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Anders Bjork

BRIGHTON, Mass – While the NHL debut for Charlie McAvoy is a matter of “when” rather than “if” at this point after agreeing to an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO) with the Boston Bruins, the jury is still out on Boston University center Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and University of Notre Dame winger Anders Bjork become pros. 

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney says that Forsbacka-Karlsson has yet to make a “final decision” on his status for next season after BU’s elimination from the NCAA hockey tournament, and Bjork is readying for the Frozen Four this weekend along with the rest of his Fighting Irish teammates. The 20-year-old Forsbacka-Karlsson just wrapped up his sophomore season with the Terriers and posted 14 goals and 33 points in 38 games with a plus-11 rating, and has not given the Bruins any firm word on his plans for the immediate future. 

The urgency perhaps isn’t there for the Bruins to lock things up with Forsbacka-Karlsson right this second, because he wouldn’t be a factor for this year’s NHL team. 

Meanwhile the Bruins can’t do anything with the 20-year-old Bjork until at least the end of next weekend, but have been mightily impressed with a player that’s posted 21 goals and 52 points in 38 games for Notre Dame this season. Bjork had three assists in the game that propelled Notre Dame into the Frozen Four, and there would be a great deal of urgency for the Bruins to lock up a talented forward that might be able to help them right now. 

“I’ve been able to see [Bjork] a few times including the regional [in New Hampshire] last weekend, and he was outstanding. He played every other shift, he set up goals in the game and he’s had a really nice progression as a college player this season,” said Sweeney of the explosive Notre Dame junior, who was far and away the best player at B's development camp last summer. “They’ve done a fabulous job with their team, and hopefully they get to the Finals on Saturday against Harvard, and we get the best of both worlds seeing how our prospects play in the final game. He’s had a tremendous college career to this point, and we’re excited about his development.”

McAvoy is the front-burner issue for the Bruins at this point, but it would surprise exactly nobody if both Forsbacka-Karlsson and Bjork join him in Providence in the next couple of weeks as they wrap up their AHL season.