Seguin scores goal and spot in Boston

BOSTON -- After a week of hype surrounding his first game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin had the best night of his very young career Thursday.

Playing against his favorite team growing up and against former Bruins sniper Phil Kessel, whose trade to Toronto just over a year ago netted the Bruins the first-round pick they used to draft Seguin, and also against some speculation that the Bruins may return him to his junior club, Seguin went out and played arguably his best game yet. He scored the Bruins' second goal in their 2-0 win over the Leafs at TD Garden, and created numerous scoring chances while keeping it simple in his own zone, as Bruins coach Claude Julien has stressed to him in his first seven games.

Then, following the game, Seguin was told by Julien that he will be staying in Boston and will not sent back to Plymouth when he reaches the 10-game mark at which the Bruins would have to decide to keep him on the roster.

"He's here to stay," Julien advised the media at the conclusion of his postgame news conference.

A beaming Seguin said he was thrilled to have that monkey off his back as he exited the Garden.

"I'm psyched," Seguin told ESPNBoston.com. "Now I don't have to worry about it."

There really wasn't much doubt that the second overall draft pick would remain with the Bruins, but he did acknowledge prior to finding out that not knowing for sure had weighed on him. But thanks to the hype leading into the NHL Entry Draft this past June, when everyone was wondering who would be chosen first overall -- Seguin or Taylor Hall -- he has learned to deal with such pressure.

"Obviously, you know, I've got to not worry about it, but I think, for example with the draft and this example, I am just trying to stay focused and try not to worry about it too much," Seguin said. "Maybe when I am in my room late at night, I'll think about it, and when it comes to right now, I've got to stay focused."

Seguin looked very focused on the ice Thursday night in the 11 minutes, 41 seconds and 17 shifts he played. He had the one goal on three shots, but it was his all-around game that was improving and giving him confidence.

"I've just been trying to get a lot better in my own zone, like I was saying before the game," Seguin said. "That's been my main thing and I am trying to capitalize on my opportunities now and just get more confident coming to every game. I think that's staying consistent now."

Julien agreed that Seguin made the best of his limited ice time and credited the youngster for how he responded each shift. He was also happy to see Seguin answer the pregame hype with a goal.

"I was happy to see him score that goal," Julien said. "Again, he's a good player. He didn't have a ton of ice time. I think we spent a lot of time killing penalties tonight; we had some tough calls and we had to kill some penalties tonight. So it kind of, at times, pushes him out of the game a little bit. But what I liked about it, whenever he's out there he responds well.

"He's been skating well, he had three shots [Thursday night] and I think he's headed in the right direction. We hope that he keeps building that way so we can give him a little more as we move on here."

Seguin will now need to move on into a permanent residence and out of a hotel because he has officially made it to the show.