Seguin goes off, leads Bruins past Lightning, 6-5

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Seguin goes off, leads Bruins past Lightning, 6-5

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- No Patrice Bergeron, no problem. Not as long as Tyler Seguin keeps it up.

Seguin had a four-point night with two goals and two assists as the Bruins defeated Tampa Bay, 6-5, Tuesday night, evening their Eastern Conference series at 1-1.

Seguin got the call for the second straight game, as Bergeron (concussion) was once again ruled out. And for the second straight game, the kid didnt disappoint.

He opened the second period with a goal that tied the game at 2-2 just 48 seconds in. He took a pass at his own blue line, burst up the middle of the ice, split two Lightning defensemen and finished a breakaway by flipping a backhander top shelf.

After David Krejci gave the Bruins their first lead of the game, 3-2, at 2:24, Seguin added another at 6:30, sniping the top-right corner with a snap shot from the right slot after Nathan Horton fed him with a cross-slot pass on a 2-on-1 breakaway.

Vincent Lecavalier cut the Bruins lead to 4-3, just over a minute later, but Michael Ryder scored twice in the final four minutes of the second period both assisted by Seguin, including one on the power play to give the Bs a commanding 6-3 lead heading into the third period.

In that third period, Steven Stamkos sniped the top-left corner from the left circle at 3:47 to make it 6-4. And with 6:45 left in the game, Dominic Moore made it a one-goal game at 6-5 by putting home a loose puck on a scrum out front.

But even after a late flurry by the Lightning in the final minutes, Tim Thomas was there to save the day with big save after big save, preserving the Bruins victory.

The Lightning initially took a 2-1 lead after one period, thanks to a late Martin St. Louis goal with 6.5 seconds left in the first period. Stamkos took the puck over the Bruins blue line and cut to the outside of Dennis Seidenberg down the right wing, where he let go a spin-around backhander on net that was re-directed by St. Louis and then went into the net off Bs defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

Nathan Horton had previously tied the game at 1-1 when he tipped home a Seidenberg shot from the right point with one second left on a 5-on-4 power play, and 6:02 left in the opening period.

Adam Hall made it 1-0 Tampa Bay early, when he put home a Lecavalier shot from the right circle that went wide behind the net, and bounced back out to him off the boards to the left post.Danny Picard is on twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.

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Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac

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Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac

CHICAGO – The Bruins finished up their 2017 NHL Draft class with a bit of a project, but a 6-foot-5 defenseman with some great skating wheels is a pretty good way to go with a seventh round pick. The B’s nabbed Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Daniel Bukac with the 204th pick in the draft, and admitted afterward that he’s an ultra-big bodied player that could take some time in the development process.

Bruins assistant GM Scott Bradley said Boston is more than happy to be patient with Bukac given the tools that he’s working with as an 18-year-old prospect. Bukac had two goals and 17 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes in his first season in North America after coming over from the Czech Republic, and Bradley said that B’s scouts noted that he continued to improve and get comfortable as the season wore on.

"He's raw. He's a project. [He’s a] kid from the Czech Republic that played in the Western Hockey League,” said Bradley. “At the start of the year - he's come leaps and bounds with his development. Talking to the people - the coaches, the management, and the GM in Brandon, they're very excited about him coming back to Brandon. They're expecting big things from him. We look forward to seeing him in camp."

Bukac is starting to garner some good international experience after playing for the Czechs in the Under-18’s and the Ivan Hinkla Tournament, but this weekend it was all about his addition to the talented group of Bruins prospects in the hockey world.

"I'm so excited to be drafted by the Boston Bruins," said Bukac, who described himself as a solid two-way defenseman with a good first pass. "It's an awesome feeling. I'm so glad that I was drafted by Boston."

Bruins take a flier on skilled Victor Berglund in 7th round

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Bruins take a flier on skilled Victor Berglund in 7th round

CHICAGO – While the Bruins went strong two-way defenseman early in the 2017 NHL Draft, they took a shot at a more offensive-minded Swedish defenseman late with seventh-round pick of Victor Berglund.

The six-foot, 165-pound Berglund clearly has a way to go in physical development and will need to get much bigger and stronger before he’s potentially ready for the North American pro ranks, but B’s assistant GM Scott Bradley raved about the Swedish defenseman’s skill set and potential. He also noted that Boston’s entire European scouting contingent, including former B’s forward PJ Axelsson, were fully on board with taking a flier on a talented player that simply needs to develop in the Swedish hockey system.

“Our Swedish guys were on top of Berglund. They think he’s a mobile D, he’s ultra-skilled and he skates well. He’s a six-footer, but [PJ Axelsson, Svenake Svensson and Victor Nybladh] were all pounding the table for him,” said Bradley. “We went along with it and I think we might have something there. Talking to his strength coach after the fact he’s working on putting some muscle and weight on, so we look forward to seeing him at development camp.”

In 62 games at three different levels, Berglund posted five goals and 18 points last season and displayed the kind of speed, creativity and play-making that one needs from their defensemen in today’s NHL.

"I'm an offensive defenseman, who likes to play with the puck, with a great short pass," said Berglund. "I like to follow the rush up ice and want the puck."

It will be a matter of building size and strength and for Berglund to continue developing his game in Sweden for the time being, but the Bruins are certainly happy with him at the 195th pick in Saturday’s second day of the draft.