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Tyler Seguin on his goal: 'Definitely a bit of relief'

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  May 15, 2011 12:18 AM

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Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin didn't just see his first action of the playoffs tonight, he put the B's on the scoreboard with a first period goal.

"Rydes [Michael Ryder] gave me a great pass and I remember just going underneath the guy’s stick and taking it wide and trying to cut to the net, which is something I’ve been trying to work on with this off time," Seguin said on his first postseason score. "And luckily it worked out... I was just going through the stick. It was kind of a cut back move. I know I’m going one way, hopefully I’m shifting enough to get back the other way and play and it ended up working out."

The young forward was asked what was going through his mind when he scored.

"Definitely a bit of a relief," Seguin said. "I think coming in the first period, I was definitely very excited. I found myself running around just a little bit just because I had so much legs I guess. After I had that goal, it was a bit of a sigh of relief and I could be more poised out there."

More from Seguin after the Game 1 loss:

On if it was disappointing for him to get the goal and not go back in until 10 minutes into the second period… Well we had a lot of PKs and PPs and right now I’m not in that loop, so I was just trying to stay ready on the bench and try to motivate that guys and in my next shift just be ready.

On if he wants to be a part of the power play…
Well I definitely do, but I know what I got to do right now. I got to contribute any way I can and if I get that opportunity I’m going to try to make the most of it. And I know I’ve been sitting out all playoffs, so I understand why I’m not being thrown on the power play right away.

On if the speed and style of play of the game plays to his strengths…
Yeah I guess so. It was definitely a fast game I noticed from the first shift, just my first playoff shift. The speed and intensity was a lot greater than what I remember of the end of the season. I try to put that on my game, I try to use my speed, and it worked out in some plays.

On if he has confidence that the team will bounce back…
Absolutely. I think we’re going to take this in tonight and take in the loss right now. But it’s heads high. We got a new game Tuesday. It’s going to be a long series so we’re going to start getting prepared for that tomorrow morning.

On how difficult it was to stay mentally calm after the three goals…
Yeah it was, but we knew we had tons of time left and everyone was trying to stay positive. But three goals in the first period, that’s not our style. That’s not Bruins hockey so that’s something we’re going to fix for next game.

On what happened before Tampa’s first goal…
I remember on the play in their first goal, I think it was my second shift and I was pretty excited kind of running around a bit that I shouldn’t have been. I should have been doing a little more of a stop-and-starts. I went out to block the shot, went down, and I remember it getting through and the guy back door I guess put it in the empty net.

On the up-and-down feeling after he scored and didn’t get back on the ice for a while…
Yeah, it’s frustrating, but it’s a lot better than being up in the stands where you can’t contribute at all. At least there I could be out with the boys and motivating everyone. Everyone was trying to keep their heads high that point. We were running into a lot of PKs and a lot of power plays and trying to get one there before the end of the second but it didn’t work out.

On staying mentally focused when he is on the bench…
Yeah, I found myself a lot of time during the season getting more frustrated then I should have been. And just with being out of the lineup for the past month, you realize a bit more how grateful it is just to be in the lineup with the boys and sharing that experience and being part of the team. So even though I was sitting there for a bit, I was still staying ready. I wasn’t getting angry and negative. I was trying to stay as positive as I can.

On his giveaway right in front of the Bruins bench…
Yeah, that was, I was, I got it and I turned to go bring it back in but I saw a guy coming. And I think the first period until my goal I kind of had an exciting rush going through my body. And after the third, fourth shift I felt more comfortable, I scored that goal, I felt more comfortable in the second. And then carried that in the third and I felt great in the third.

On the couple of big hits he threw…
Well yeah just realizing up top you kind of have to do everything. And I also want to bring a physical approach to the game and appearance. And I tried doing that a few times finishing my checks.

On if connecting on a couple hits gets him back into the game…
Yeah, I threw one in the corner, kind of my first shift in the second period, just to get back involved in the game just as quick as I can just in case I’m sitting on the bench for a while.

On if he feels confident going forward…
I do. Even going into the third, I just felt a lot better than I did in the first. Just getting back the few strides and playoff tempo under my belt, I felt great going in the second and third periods, so yeah.

On if a more regular shift in the third period helped his confidence…
Yeah, I think with the opportunity I want to get my rhythm going. And I was there in the third period. Second period I sat a couple shifts but third period came and my first shift was good and I just want to stay as consistent as I can now.

On the difference between a playoff game and regular season game…
I’ve been saying it just from watching it up top. The intensity level and the tempo and being out there my first couple shifts I could really feel a difference. Even I was saying, after All-Star Break, the tempo did pick up more now. But I try to use that in my game, I try to use my speed, and usually it works out.

On if he made a strong case for staying in the lineup when Patrice Bergeron returns…
I think it’s one game. Right now I’m just thinking about if I get the opportunity, I’m just trying to contribute as much as I can and try to put up results up for the boys and try to get wins.

On Michael Ryder being there for his first NHL goal and first playoff goal…
Yeah, I guess my first NHL goal and my first playoff goal, that’s right, yeah. Good call. It was a great pass.

On the personal contrast between his first playoff goal and the end result of the game…
Yeah, it’s tough especially my second shift they scored two quick ones on us. It’s, it definitely was an adjustment just coming in this tempo and I popped that first goal and it was a bit of a relief and I got more adjusted and more confident, more poised there I felt. And then the third period I ended up playing a bit more and tried to keep that consistency.

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