Recchi: Seguin will be ready to play

April, 15, 2011
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Bruins forward Mark Recchi wasn't available after practice Friday but said in an interview later on Boston sports radio station WEEI that he thinks rookie forward Tyler Seguin will see action in the team's Eastern Conference quarterfinals series with the Canadiens.

"It all depends. Obviously, that's a coach's decision," Recchi said. "Right now, he's not playing, but I'm sure if he gets that opportunity, he'll be ready. Obviously, getting the first taste of it in a place like Montreal would be tough. At the same time, he's a good young kid and he gets it. He's a good hockey player."

Recchi said that Seguin's inexperience and age (he's 19) shouldn't matter and pointed to Carolina goalie Cam Ward's Conn Smythe performance in the Hurricanes Stanley Cup run in 2006. Ward was a rookie at the time but played like a seasoned veteran.

"I played in Carolina when Cam Ward was a rookie there," Recchi said. "He came in and Game 3 was his first [start]. In the Carolina series, when we beat Montreal and went on to win the Stanley Cup, [Ward] embraced it, grabbed it and went for a run. You never know with situations like that in the playoffs. Right now, we have a good lineup. I'm sure at some point, [Seguin] will get a shot in there, and he'll be ready."

Seguin had 11 goals and 11 assists in 74 games in his first NHL season.

James Murphy

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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