Julien defends decision to keep Seguin off PP

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Julien defends decision to keep Seguin off PP

By DannyPicard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Tyler Seguin got his shot on Saturday night. He finished hisfirst career Stanley Cup playoff game with a goal and an assist in nearly 10minutes of ice time.

The big question, a day after the Bruins Game 1 loss tothe Tampa Bay Lightning, was whether or not Seguins time on the power playwould increase from the zero seconds he saw on the man advantage inthat Game 1.

Looking at the numbers, it looks like the Bruinscould use his offensive skills on a dismal power-play unit that went 0-for-4 inSaturday nights loss, and is now 2-for-41 in the playoffs.

Coach Claude Julien gave a simple no comment whenasked about Seguin and the power play after Saturdays loss.

The first question in Sundays press conference at the TDGarden was quite similar, and this time Julien defended his teams power playwithout Seguin. He said it improved throughout the game, and that it wasnt alack of production on the man advantage that hurt them in Game 1.

Its a situation where youve got to understand, this is a19-year-old that hasnt played in 11 games, said Julien, defending hisdecision not to use Seguin on the power play. He comes back in, and you wantto give him some small chunks to bite on, and certainly work his way up.

I think the other part is that our power play is nowstarting to pick it up. I thought, at first on Saturday night, our power play was not areally good one. The second one got a little better, and then we got some shotsgo through on the other one. Had it not improved, theres nodoubt, we would have thrown him in there.

But our power plays been good the last couple of games,added Julien. And just because you struggle in the first couple of ones, youexploit it again, and then try something new. Had it not gone well, we wouldhave. And Seguin would have certainly been considered.

Seguin said hell be readyif he gets the call.

Obviously I appreciate the fans support, but really, Imnot thinking about all that right now, said Seguin on Sunday. Im just tryingto stay focused on whenever the opportunities arise, and when they do, I justwant to be there to make the most of it.

My main focus right now is just staying ready, and if theopportunity arises, just like my chance to play last night, then I want to takeadvantage of it. Thats what I tried to do last night. I just want to staysharp and prepared, in case the call comes again.

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.

The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.

NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.

 

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