Seguin denies report on hip condition
Bruin says there’s no hip condition
MONTREAL - Tyler Seguin said he was not born with a congenital hip condition, as ESPN Boston reported Friday.
“I was not born with any symptoms or anything like that,’’ said the Bruins forward, before the team’s 4-2 loss to the Canadiens last night. “I’m 100 percent healthy. So whatever was said is false.’’
The report noted that Seguin would have to maintain strength in his hips to avoid a repetitive-stress injury.
“My hips are 100 percent fine,’’ Seguin said. “With hockey, hips and groins are big things. Tons of guys go through setbacks. But I’m 100 percent fine. I was not born with anything like that or any problems. I’m great.’’
Last night, Seguin was the right wing alongside Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. At 19:05 of the third, Seguin scored a six-on-five goal when he put a shot between Carey Price’s pads. Seguin had three shots in 15:07 of ice time.
A power couple
For sporadic shifts this season, Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg have skated together on the same defense pairing. But unlike last year’s postseason, when they teamed to form a power pair, they have not skated together regularly as a shutdown duo.
That time came last night.
Coach Claude Julien reunited Chara and Seidenberg in last night’s first period. The aim was to create a rock-hard pair that could stabilize the defense and eliminate Montreal’s most dangerous attackers.
But by the end of the night, that plan had gone to pieces. All three pairings were jumbled by the third period.
“It’s good playing with him,’’ Seidenberg said. “But in the end, you have to look at the big picture and not who’s playing with who. If we’re playing well, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing with. We just click. And right now, that’s not happening.’’
Last season, after consulting management, the coaching staff opted to pair Chara and Seidenberg prior to Game 3 of the opening round of the playoffs against Montreal. The Bruins had lost the first two games and were looking for a shutdown pairing.
It was the wisest decision the Bruins made. The pair stabilized the blue line, going head-to-head with the most dangerous offensive opponents.
In the Stanley Cup Final, Chara and Seidenberg made Daniel and Henrik Sedin irrelevant. In turn, the other four defensemen fell into line and made the most of their reduced shifts.
The Bruins have been wary of putting Chara and Seidenberg permanently together. The coaches have preferred to spread out the ice time and not create a top-heavy blue line.
Also, if Seidenberg were to move to the right side, it would require one of their right-shot defensemen (Joe Corvo, Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid, Steven Kampfer) to switch to the left.
During yesterday’s morning skate, Corvo shifted to the left side. Corvo took most of his shifts with McQuaid. Corvo played on the left side for part of his time in Los Angeles, the team that drafted him in 1997.
Coach Claude Julien emphasized that he’s not set on pairings. He prefers custom approaches depending on the situation.
“Right now, it’s not so much about pairs as mix and match, depending on who’s playing and how they’re playing,’’ Julien said. “If it’s a guy playing well, maybe he needs to play a little bit more.’’
Clark in picture
The Bruins are considering signing forward Chris Clark to an AHL contract, according to general manager Peter Chiarelli. They invited Clark to training camp, but jettisoned him a day before the season opener against Philadelphia.
It is unknown whether Clark would accept a minor league contract. He remains unemployed, looking for an NHL deal. If he signed with Providence, there is no guarantee of an NHL promotion.
The Bruins considered Clark for a bottom-six role when extending the invitation. The former Washington captain projected to be the 14th forward had the Bruins carried two extra up-front bodies.
Jordan Caron appeared in his first game last night after being a healthy scratch for the three previous games. Former Canadien Benoit Pouliot was unavailable because of an illness. Caron was the left wing on the No. 3 line alongside Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. Caron, who last played Oct. 18 against Carolina, didn’t have a shot in 9:36 of action . . . Shawn Thornton fought for the third time in four games. With the Bruins trailing, 2-0, he engaged Travis Moen at 7:45 of the second, hoping to spark his teammates . . . The threesome of Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton was reunited last night. They hadn’t played together since Oct. 10 against Colorado. Krejci missed three games because of a core injury, then centered the third line in his next three matches. They combined for one goal (Lucic) on five shots.