Seguin surgery is likely
Forward played with detached hand tendon
In short order, Bruins forward Tyler Seguin will likely undergo surgery on his left hand. On March 15, in the first period of the 6-2 loss to the Panthers, Seguin suffered a detached tendon.
Upon suffering the injury, team doctors informed Seguin that he couldn’t do further damage to the hand by playing. They told him, however, that it would be painful to continue. Naturally, Seguin played.
“If you can bear the pain, bear the pain,’’ Seguin, with a smile, recalled being told. “That’s kind of how I rolled with it.’’
It wasn’t the first or last time Seguin played through discomfort. In Game 7 against the Capitals, it wasn’t comfortable for Seguin to throw a second-period hit on Nicklas Backstrom, which caused a turnover. Seconds later, it wasn’t fun for Seguin to muscle through John Carlson and Karl Alzner, Washington’s best shutdown defensemen.
But by doing those things, Seguin’s reward was the team’s only goal, which he scored by diving and slapping a loose puck over the goal line.
Everybody knew Seguin could score the skillful goals, like he did in overtime of Game 6 when he dangled around Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. It was never guaranteed, however, that the 20-year-old would find the appropriate battle level to fight for loose pucks and engage in the big-boy areas.
Prior to his Game 6 winner, Seguin made the crucial steal to set up Andrew Ference’s third-period goal. In the defensive zone, Seguin stripped the puck from Alexander Semin and broke the other way. Holtby stopped Seguin’s sharp-angle shot, but Ference scored on the rebound.
From how Seguin shone late in the first round, it was clear that the instruction he’s received from Claude Julien and the rest of the coaching staff has taken hold.
“I thought I had a pretty good series,’’ Seguin said. “Obviously, I couldn’t find much production in the first five games. But I thought I was playing decent and well. I was still doing a good job in my D-zone and the neutral zone. I thought I was competing well.
“In Games 6 and 7, it started paying off a bit more. I thought I was finally bearing down on my chances and not gripping my stick too hard. I guess it’s nice to finish off the way I did. Maybe too little, too late.’’
As a second-year pro, Seguin led the Bruins in scoring (29-38-67). He will be entering the third and final year of his entry-level contract. Based on his development, the Bruins are expecting an even better season.
“He’s on the path to being a star in this league,’’ general manager Peter Chiarelli said. “Claude’s talked about his two-way game. His maturity away from the ice has grown in leaps and bounds. It’s kind of cool to watch a young kid develop like that off the ice, too.’’
After missing the first round because of a concussion, defenseman Adam McQuaid believes he’s recovering and on track for next season.
“I’m feeling much better,’’ McQuaid said. “I feel like myself again. I’m obviously happy about that. But it was certainly difficult watching.’’
McQuaid suffered the injury March 29 during a 3-2 shootout loss to the Capitals. Jason Chimera belted McQuaid into the end boards, causing the concussion and opening a cut above his left eye. Because of the cut, McQuaid’s eye swelled shut.
McQuaid missed the next three games. McQuaid returned for the second-to-last regular-season game against the Senators April 5, but was limited to only 7:00 of ice time after suffering post-concussion symptoms.
“Nothing in particular that I can pinpoint,’’ said McQuaid, when asked if something had happened during the Ottawa game. “I wasn’t feeling as well as I thought I would. It was tough to tell the trainers. But I felt like I had to. We just looked further into it. It’s not something you can necessarily play through. It’s not smart to. Hopefully, I can play for many more years. I didn’t want to jeopardize that.’’
The Bruins missed McQuaid’s stability on the third pairing. In Game 7, the No. 3 duo of Greg Zanon and Mike Mottau were on the ice for Joel Ward’s winning goal.
Wait and see
Brian Rolston will become an unrestricted free agent July 1, and the 39-year-old has not decided whether he will play next season.
“It’s up in the air, pretty much, right now,’’ Rolston said. “We’ll see how it goes. It’s only a couple days out of the playoffs here.’’
Rolston was one of three deadline-day acquisitions, along with Zanon and Mottau. If Rolston plays another year, the two-time Bruin said he’d like to re-sign with Boston. While Rolston gives the Bruins versatility on the wing and at center, it’s unlikely the club would bring him back.
Every player walked out of the dressing room carrying a gift from Zdeno Chara. The captain presented each of his teammates with a framed photo and a game summary from his 1,000th career game, March 24 against the Kings. “I love every guy we have in this room. I’m very proud to be their teammate,’’ Chara said. “It’s just something for them to have. I felt it was a special day in my career.’’ . . . Milan Lucic was held without a goal in the playoffs. When informed of the heat Lucic has taken from fans for his performance, linemate David Krejci had a quick retort. “It’s [expletive],’’ he said. “He didn’t score. But he was still trying. He was trying to help as much as he could. Obviously, he wanted to put the puck in the net. It didn’t happen. That’s the way it goes. I know him. He wants to win so bad. He put his heart on the line every night. That’s all you can ask.’’ . . . Chiarelli confirmed that Chara suffered a broken nose in Game 6 when he was high-sticked by Alex Ovechkin . . . Game 7 on the NBC Sports Network averaged 1.32 million viewers nationally, making it the most-watched first-round game since 2000.