- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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He had been a healthy scratch for the first two rounds against the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers, but when Patrice Bergeron was sidelined with a mild concussion to start the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Seguin was given the nod.
He made the most of that opportunity.
Seguin posted six points (three goals and three assists) in Games 1 and 2 of that series and remained in the lineup for the duration of the postseason until the Bruins won the Cup on June 15 in Vancouver.
This postseason, however, Seguin is not having the same impact.
With the Bruins holding a 2-1 series lead, and with Game 4 here on Thursday, Seguin remains pointless.
“I think you’ve got to, in a way, leave him alone,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said Tuesday. “When I say leave him alone, we’re helping him through it, but to put too much pressure on a young player like that, I don’t think is the right approach. You’ve got to guide him along and you know he’s going to find his game. He’s not playing badly, but there are a lot of expectations on these young players that sometimes isn’t always fair.”
Seguin, now 20, finished with 67 points in the regular season to become the youngest player in franchise history to lead the team in scoring. He also posted a plus-34 rating (second-highest in the league behind Bergeron) and registered 17 multi-point games.
He hasn’t been able to translate that success into the playoffs.
“Last year, Tyler was in and out of the lineup during the playoffs, so for us to expect he’s just going to take over because he led our team in scoring, to me that’s not reality,” Julien said. “He’s going to find his way because he’s a good player, a smart player and we’re going to allow him the time to do that without putting undue pressure on him.”
If you're looking for a sign Seguin is ready to turn things around in this series, maybe this is it: