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NHL Playoffs: Seguin ready for his first playoff game

B’s rookie likely to get on the ice when East finals start.

The Bruins returned to practice yesterday, still uncertain when the next time they skate for real will come.

Rookie Tyler Seguin can certainly relate.

Either Thursday or Saturday, the B’s will commence the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning at the Garden, pending the outcome of the ongoing Western Conference semifinals.

The longer the delay, the longer center Patrice Bergeron has to recover from the mild concussion sustained in the clinching Game 4 against the Flyers last Friday.

But even with a Saturday series start, the Bruins are preparing to go without their team-leading 12-point scorer, elevating Chris Kelly to the second line with Mark Recchi and Brad Marchand.

That means Seguin will likely finally make his NHL playoff debut in the biggest series the Bruins have played since 1992.

That’s the year Seguin was born.

“I know what I have to do,” Seguin said yesterday. “I’m ready to go. I’ve been looking from up top, cheering on the boys and all the intensity that comes with playoffs, and I’m ready to be a part of it.”

Seguin will play alongside Rich Peverley and Michael Ryder on the Bruins’ third line. The rookie had 22 points in 74 games this season, but just two in his last 20 and none in the final 11. His last game action came April 10.

“The way Tyler practiced today was really encouraging,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. “Watching the playoffs, I guess it really does make you hungry and you hope that he’s hungry enough that he steps in there and showcases what he can do.”

 
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