Impressive Seguin earns another shot

Bruins forward Tyler Seguin scores on Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson during Game 2 of the NHL...

Bruins forward Tyler Seguin scores on Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson during Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals in Boston, Mass., May 17, 2011. (BRIAN SNYDER/Reuters)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:26 PM ET

TAMPA - Well, Tyler Seguin won't have to worry about whether he's playing Thursday night or not in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final.

Having a four-point second period -- the first teenager to do so in the Stanley Cup playoffs -- will get you that kind of job security, something the 19-year-old Boston Bruins rookie hasn't enjoyed this season.

Seguin, the second pick overall last summer, hadn't played in the first two playoff rounds and got in the lineup in Round 3 only because of a concussion suffered by Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron.

Seguin's dynamic two-goal, two-assist performance helped the Bruins to a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 and a 1-1 split at home heading into Game 3 Thursday night at the St. Pete Times Forum. He now has three goals and three assists in two games.

"I'm going to tell you right now he's going to be in the lineup (Thursday night), that's for sure," said Bruins coach Claude Julien, who had been criticized for bringing Seguin along slowly (remind of you of the late Pat Burns and former Bruins top pick Joe Thornton?)

"You don't pull a guy like that out of your lineup (who has) been very good. Like I said, he has earned it. He deserves to be in the lineup. That's what we want to see. We want to see those kinds of things happening.

"He was a big reason why we won (Tuesday)."

Seguin said he enjoyed watching the highlights afterward with a visiting friend back at his place in Boston after the game, but the performance wasn't making him take anything for granted.

"I put enough pressure on myself as it is." he said. "Right now I just want to stay focused, stay composed and stay poised and stay confident, all those big words and try to carry it into (tonight's) game and stay consistent through the whole series."

Seguin averaged just over 12 minutes a game during the season. He had just 11 shifts in Game 1 of the Eastern final.

"As an organization we took the approach, because he was 18 years old, to make sure we did it right, took our time with him and helped him to grow," Julien said. "He believed in us and understood it.

"What happened to him (Tuesday) is so great. It's exciting for all us. As a coach when you see a young player play the way he did (Tuesday) night it bodes so well for this organization and for him.

"He's going to be that kind of impact player and (Tuesday) was just the start of something that is going to grow."

As part of the learning process, Julien had Seguin sit down after every game with assistant coach Doug Jarvis, one of the best defensive centres in history, and dissect his performance. It's one of the little things they did to help bring him along.

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