Seguin's star rises in Game 2

Bruins forward Tyler Seguin celebrates a goal against the Lightning during Game 2 of the NHL...

Bruins forward Tyler Seguin celebrates a goal against the Lightning during Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals in Boston, Mass., May 17, 2011. (ADAM HUNGER/Reuters)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:32 AM ET

The concern about Tyler Seguin, the esteemed Boston columnist suggested on TSN's That's Hockey before the game, was his "timidity."

If that's true, more guys should played scared.

Not even 19 1/2 yet, the rookie forward spared the Bruins a trip to the edge of the brink of elimination Tuesday in Boston.

Tim Thomas made the big third period saves, but Seguin’s four points in the second period put the B’s in a position where those stops protected a lead they otherwise wouldn’t have had.

Falling behind 2-0 as the series shifted to Florida would not have been a sunny proposition for the Bruins.

Starting the post-season as a healthy scratch, Seguin has stepped into his first NHL playoffs and figured in six of Boston’s eight goals in the Eastern Conference final.

In the process, the No. 2 player picked in last spring’s entry draft is showing why many have predicted great things for him. Two of his first three playoff goals have been a showcase of his great speed and stickhandling. The third has been an exhibit of his lethal shot.

And with his four points in the second period, he took over a game the way another “Four” used to for the Bruins. His name was Bobby Orr.

Starts and stops

There’s more to “home ice advantage” than crowd noise. It’s supposed to help a team with knowledge of the bounces. Yet Tim Thomas came nowhere near close to getting over in time to prevent Adam Hall’s conversion of a rebound off the end boards 13 seconds in, while later in the first period Dwayne Roloson slid smoothly across his crease to make a stop off Mark Recchi after Adam McQuaid’s shot had gone wide? Rollie The Goalie had quite the first period ... Getting little mention because of all the other stuff that happened in an extremely busy and exciting second period was the breakaway save Thomas made off Ryan Malone just before Seguin’s second goal. It was huge ... For a guy who had an “off” night, Thomas also made unbelievable stops off Vincent Lecavalier and Marc-Andre Bergeron in the third.

Things I think I think

Favorite quote of the night came from Bonavista, Nfld.’s Michael Ryder, who had two goals and an assist, then had some words of glowing admiration for the way the Lightning fought back in the game. “They’re not here for no reason,” said Ryder ... Some will tell you that Steve Downie would NEVER reach up and punch Zdeno Chara like that in the back of the head if it he wasn’t being protected by the officials, or if he knew that, because it’s the playoffs, the Big ‘Z’ wasn’t going to be holding back to keep away from the box. That’s wrong. Say what you want about Downie, but the guy is equal parts fearless and crazy ... Just wondering, how big is the needle that holds all the freezing that is needed to allow Nate Thompson to get back into the game after taking one of Chara’s 100-plus m.p.h. slapshots off the foot? ... Other peoples’ kids are so cute, aren’t they? Wonder if Patrice Bergeron thought that as Marc Savard’s boys jumped up and down in front of the two injured Bruins throughout the game.

Back to the point

Why is there still speculation about Claude Julien’s job security? Much of it stems from comments made, past and present, by the team president. The latest: “Don’t want to be too negative (because) it’s a seven-game series,” Cam Neely told a Boston radio station after the Game 1 loss. “But everyone can be better, both on ice and behind the bench” ... Just before Dominic Moore made it 6-5, how did Sean Bergenheim miss scoring his playoff-leading ninth goal? ... Useless yet slightly interesting stat -- Seguin had the exact same amount of ice time (13:31) as Mark Recchi, his senior by 24 years. The teenager had four points and was a plus-3 while the guy old enough to be his dad didn’t have a goal or assist and was a minus-2 ... James Duthie’s crackerjack research team says Jason Pominville, in 2006, was the last rookie to score four points in one playoff period. Not sure where such information is easily found, but we’ll take their word for it ... The chants of “Recchi” started up when the “Wrecking Ball” rolled into Mattias Ohlund and sent the Bolts defenceman flying. Recchi was giving up six inches, 35 pounds and a whole bunch of hair in the matchup.

Sweet tweets

"Kessel say's 'no' to Team USA at IIHF World's, saying "I'm tired". Seguin has 4 points tonight. Open wound, meet salt."

-Hockey Night in Canada's Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek)

"Wow... that might have been the most exciting period of hockey in this playoffs. Holy goals Batman!"

-Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Jones (@jonesry28)

don.brennan@sunmedia.ca


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