BOSTON — It seemed like Tyler Seguin had picked up his game over the course of the Bruins’ recent six-game road trip.
Nonetheless, before tonight’s 2-1 homecoming victory over Tampa Bay at TD Garden, the 2010 No. 2 overall draft pick found himself off the ice as a healthy scratch in favor of veteran Daniel Paille.
Paille had been a healthy scratch four games in a row. After the win, head coach Claude Julien said the scratch wasn’t a reflection on the level of Seguin’s play but on his style.
“It’s one of those situations where I wanted a fourth line tonight that was going to give us that identity,” said Julien, who was obviously referring to the grit and experience Paille brings that Seguin doesn’t. “And that’s the way it is, and that’s the way it’s going to be. That’s part of the decision-making.”
Seguin, who didn’t even skate in the warm-up, had been a healthy scratch twice previously this season.