Seguin credits team for All-Star season

BOSTON -- After the Bruins' 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, Bruins forward Tyler Seguin expressed both gratitude and excitement at being named to his first All-Star Game.

“I feel very honored, very privileged,” said Seguin. “Obviously I couldn’t have done it by myself, a lot of credit’s to the linemates and the boys. I’m very excited and feel very blessed about it, yeah.”

Seguin attended last year’s All-Star weekend as one of 12 rookies selected to participate. This year, Boston’s top scorer says he is excited to be on the official roster and skate alongside his boyhood idols.

“Before last year, they were my idols growing up, so it’s very cool, and this year going as one of them is going to be a great experience,” said Seguin.

Head coach Claude Julien sounded proud of his young forward.

“I think the fact that he’s got the opportunity to go to the All-Star game, it’s a great experience for him. Last year was even more so because he wasn’t in the lineup every night, and I think it was good for him to be there. This year he goes back again with probably a bit more confidence because he’s accomplishing more, and it’ll be nice for him to get a second opportunity.”

In his second year in the league, Seguin leads the Bruins with 38 points on 17 goals and 21 assists. He also leads the NHL with a plus-33 rating.

Although the Bruins own the NHL’s best offensive attack with 3.62 goals scored per game, Seguin will be Boston’s only offensive representative in Ottawa. Notably absent from the All-Star roster is Seguin’s linemate Patrice Bergeron, who leads the Bruins in assists and trails only Seguin in total points with 36.

Seguin noted his surprise that Bergeron would not be joining him in Ottawa, crediting the Bruins center as a major reason for his own success this season.

“Yeah, I was very surprised at that as well,” said Seguin. “I kind of kept hearing Bergy was going, I thought he was going. I [give] him so much credit for my success, obviously not only for how he plays and how many opportunities he gives me but just being the guy that I can really follow. Not copy him, but watching what he’s doing, not only on the ice but off the ice. I give him the utmost credit.”

While Julien noted that the All-Star break allows players like Bergeron to get some much-needed rest, he admitted that he would have liked to see the Bruins center playing in Ottawa on Jan. 29.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” said Julien. “In a selfish way, you’re glad that your guys are getting some rest, but at the same time I think a lot of our players would have been worthy to go there. Bergy comes to mind obviously with the year he’s had and stuff like that, and there’s other players, but at the same time, there’s 30 teams in the league, and they’ve got to fill some spots.”

“For the guys that haven’t gone, if they keep playing the way they have, eventually it’ll come,” Julien added.