PITTSBURGH -- The Bruins’ third line of Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin has contributed in the defensive zone, but the trio would like to add more offensive production in the Eastern Conference finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Bruins hold an early series lead after a 3-0 victory in Game 1 on Saturday at Consol Energy Center. Boston’s top line provided all three goals, two by David Krejci and the other by Nathan Horton, but the rest of the lineup will need to chip in offensively, too.
“Game 2 is always a tougher game than Game 1,” Seguin said. “Sometimes you find yourself, the two teams, checking each other out in the first game. It was a good first game, but we’re expecting a lot harder, better game from both sides tonight.”
Seguin’s offensive production from the regular season hasn't translated to the playoffs. He has only one goal and three assists, while posting a minus-2 rating, in 13 games. Bruins coach Claude Julien has praised Seguin’s defensive work but would like to see more offense.
“I thought our third line played by far their best game of the [playoffs],” Julien said of Game 1. “So hopefully they can muster some goals here because that would certainly help.”
“I’m competing well and working hard out there,” Seguin said. “I’m playing my role on the team. I’m here to win games, not to want to score every single shift. It’s frustrating at times, but we’re winning games and that definitely makes you happy and it’s fun right now.”
Since he’s been lacking the offensive surge, Seguin says he’s making sure he's contributing and improving in other areas.
“That’s what I’m focusing on right now since the goals aren’t coming,” Seguin said. “As a line, we’re gaining better chemistry out there and we’re working hard to help us win games.”