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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Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

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Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

ANDOVER, Mass. — Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque, who's facing a drunken driving charge, says he accepts the responsibility of his actions.

Bourque was charged Friday night with operating under the influence of alcohol and following too closely. He posted bail and was released.

"For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory," Bourque said in a statement released Sunday. "I am not happy about the situation I put myself into."

Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe said the 55-year-old Bourque was arrested about 11:30 p.m. after his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan in a construction zone in the city. No injuries were reported.

Bourque is to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court. Police haven't provided a date.

According to The Boston Globe, Bourque currently owns Tresca, a restaurant on Boston's North End.

'Everything is on track' with Bruins prospect Zboril

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'Everything is on track' with Bruins prospect Zboril

Little more than a year after he was drafted in the middle of the first round by the Boston Bruins, some are whispering that 19-year-old Jakub Zboril isn’t going to live up to advanced billing. Clearly the Czech defenseman took a step back for the Saint John Sea Dogs after being taken 13th by the Bruins in last year’s draft, and dropped to six goals and 20 points in 50 games in the QMJHL while watching second round pick Jeremy Lauzon pass him by on the prospect hype chart.

Perhaps the more concerning thing have been the whispers about an erratic work ethic and bad habits in Zboril’s game, a couple of criticisms that haven’t exactly gone away since the Bruins signed him to a contract last summer following development camp. Bruins assistant general manager Scott Bradley was asked about those concerns with the young D-man as he heads into an important training camp with Boston this fall, and didn’t seem all that concerned about his first round pick being a “bust.”

“I think his offensive production was down, and that he struggled a little bit coming out of the gate” said Bradley of Zboril, who had 13 goals and 33 points in 44 games during his first season in the Quebec Major Junior League prior to getting drafted by Boston. “But he had a strong playoff. Everybody forgets that he’s a gritty guy, and a strong player that moves the puck. The thing that stands out about him are that his numbers are down from last year.

“But everything is on track with him. He’s going to come to camp and hopefully shines, and has a good year this year…patience.

“I think it’s great if the second rounders are on par with him: the [Brandon] Carlos and the [Jeremy] Lauzons. If you look at the whole of our draft last year you can’t rule out the first eight picks that they might play [in the NHL]. We’re excited. Donnie and I were at the Memorial Cup, and Lauzon raised our eyebrows every night that he played. You’d come away with a good feeling like this kid plays hard, plays the Bruins style, moves the puck and is tough. Obviously [you had to like] what Carlo did when he was brought in [to Providence] at the end. It just bodes well for what we have coming this year. Zboril and Lauzon are probably going back to junior, but Carlo is going to get a long look.”

The young Czech D-man is still at a point where his stock can still shoot higher than it’s ever been with a good showing at training camp, and a strong season for the Sea Dogs entering into his professional hockey career. But he can’t afford to go through another down season, or that talk of him being a first round bust is only going to get louder and stronger.