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article imageNHL: Seguin steals the show and leads Bruins to Game 2 victory

By Dustin Pollack     May 18, 2011 in Sports
Tyler Seguin was finally given his chance to shine and saying that he flourished would be in understatement. The 19-year-old scored two highlight-reel goals and added two assists in the Boston Bruins 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight.
Seguin made his playoff debut, Sunday in a Bruins 5-2 loss, and the youngster was arguably the Bruins only bright spot – scoring his first-career playoff goal and tallying an assist in less than 10 minutes of ice time.
But tonight Seguin didn’t just help Boston to victory, he put them on his back adding the of type young energy and charisma the Bruins haven’t had for the entire 2011 playoffs.
That’s not to say that Seguin should have been in the lineup earlier on – Boston’s coaching staff have shown tremendous patience with the rookie – but he’s definitely beginning to earn his stripes.
Seguin, who was drafted 2nd overall in the 2010 NHL entry draft, played 74 regular season games this season scoring 11 goals and 22 points. But as the post season began Bruins head coach Claude Julien decided to lean more towards his veterans than youth and thus Seguin found himself in the press box for the first two rounds.
“It’s just a learning curve,” Seguin told The Toronto Star, humble and careful with his words as he addressed the media. after Tuesday's win.“As the year went on, I felt more confident and more poised. In big games I knew I was going to step up. I had some lucky bounces, but I’m trying to make the most of my opportunities.”
But now with Patrice Bergeron nearing a return the question has to be, who comes out of the Bruins lineup to keep a spot for Seguin.
Now while Seguin shined, it wasn’t all Bruins in game 2. After being outscored 5-1 in the second period, the Lightning found their footing in the third, rallying from a 6-3 deficit to make it 6-5. But Tim Thomas shut the door for the final seven minutes of the third and the Bruins are now heading to Tampa Bay with the series locked at a 1-1 tie.
“After eight games of playing solid, structured and intense and doing things down to the T there's bound to be some point you have something that might be a little different,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher told The Globe and Mail. “Even if we would have won that game, we wouldn't be happy with the way we played.”
If there are positives to be drawn from the Lightning’s performance tonight it’s that there big three – Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis continue to click. The trio combined for nine points in the loss.
Game 3 goes Thursday from Tampa Bay.
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