NHL Playoffs: Did Seguin earn a bigger role in Bruins loss?

Tyler Seguin scored his first career playoff goal Saturday.?The rest of the Bruins, though, did almost nothing right.

He was the lone bright spot in the storm.   

Not long after the Lightning struck three times in a span of 85 seconds, there was young Tyler Seguin, weaving up ice, outmaneuvering defenders and beating Dwayne Roloson for the first Bruins goal in an otherwise dreadful 5-2 loss Saturday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Seguin’s shot in the arm in his first-ever playoff game could lead to more opportunities for the 19-year-old in tomorrow’s Game 2 at the Garden.

Whether that includes time on the power play remains to be seen.

Despite his active 10 minutes Saturday, Seguin did not log any power-play shifts.

“If I get that opportunity, I’m going to try to make the most of it,” Seguin said. “I know I’ve been sitting out all playoffs, so I understand why I’m not being thrown on the power play right away.”

Perhaps an infusion of young blood is needed, however, after an 0-for-4 performance dropped the Bruins power play to 2-for-41 for the postseason — a number that includes a meaningless 5-on-3 goal with 1:22 left in an already-decided Game 3 against the Flyers.

Those numbers appear even more ominous with the Lightning allowing just three goals in 54 power-play chances. But Bruins coach Claude Julien is hesitant to overload Seguin, who hadn’t played in a month before Saturday.

Julien: ‘Better’ equals winning

Claude Julien knows how his team looked Saturday night.

He also doesn’t think it’s too far away from competing against Tampa Bay.

“It’s certainly a wake-up call,” Julien said yesterday. “We need to know that we’re going to have to play a lot better. But again, as I said, we have to look at our team here, and if we play a little better and compete a little harder and we win more battles like that, it’s going to make a big difference.”


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