By Danny Picard
BOSTON -- Phil Kessel will have to wait -- again -- to get revenge on the Bruins. But Tyler Seguin couldn't wait to show his hometown team what it missed out on.
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On Thursday night Kessel had his seventh goal-less game against Boston, and saw his plus-minus rating against the Bruins drop to minus-7, since being traded by the B's to Toronto for a package of draft choices that included Tyler Seguin. And Seguin, who was raised 30 minutes outside Toronto and rooted for the Maple Leafs growing up, scored a goal as the Bruins defeated the Leafs, 2-0.
Kessel had 6 of Torontos first 12 shots-on-goal in the game, but he -- and the rest of his teammates --- couldn't beat Tim Thomas, who stopped all 20 shots that he faced and improved to 5-0 on the season.
Patrice Bergeron put the Bs up 1-0 with his first goal of the season, and the 100th of his career, on a power play at 19:18 of the first period. Bergeron was set up at the top of the left circle and Zdeno Chara sent over a pass from the right point, which Bergeron one-timed into the top-right corner of the net.
Seguin's goal his second of the season came with 7:34 left in the second period, after a nice cross-ice feed from Dennis Seidenberg from the right point. Seguin received the pass from the left circle, where he was wide open, and let go a quick-release wrist shot the found the back of the net after hitting the blocker of Toronto goaltender Jonas Gustavsson.
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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.
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