Seguin's 'in' for Game 3


Seguin's 'in' for Game 3

By Joe Haggerty

TAMPA, Fla. Tyler Seguin wont have to worry about whether hes in the starting lineup or not at least for one game, and probably a lot more than that given the seismic impact hes had on the Boston lineup.Twenty-four hours after the 19-year-old rookie electrified the NHL world with a pair of goals and two assists in a second-period outburst that paced the Bruins to a 6-5 win at TD Garden in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, coach Claude Julien assured the assembled media at the Embassy Suites hotel here that Seguin will be in the Bs lineup for Game 3 on Thursday night.That doesnt matter who returns and who will be scratched as a result. Seguin has carved out a playoff roster spot with the Bs thats now his to lose."He's in. Seguin will certainly be in the lineup, said Julien of Seguins availability for Game Three. He's earned it.
"You dont pull a guy like that out of your lineup thats been very good. Like I said, hes earned it, he deserves to be in the lineup, and thats what we want to see. We want to see those kind of things happening."Its expected that enforcer Shawn Thornton will be the odd guy out if Patrice Bergeron also returns for Game 3. The majority of questions were again about Seguin and the offensive explosion, which set NHL records for most points by a teenager in a Stanley Cup playoff game, that had him on every major sports program across North America. "Being able to feel comfortable out there, all of a sudden, your skill set really starts to show a lot more. Its about maturing. Its about growing into that," said Julien. "As the year progressed, I think we saw more and more of him getting better at that. These last two games, to me, have been two of his best games for us --and itcouldnt havecome at a better time."

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Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.

Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure


Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure

The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.

It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.

Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.

The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.