Throughout the Bruins-Lightning Eastern Conference Final, TheBruinsBlog.net will collaborate on Q&A features before every game with Jon Jordan 0f Beasts of the Southeast over at Kukla’s Korner. Here’s the latest installment, where I respond to inquiries about Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron and Nathan Horton.
JJ: I usually try to come across as at least moderately eloquent in my writing – even if that is merely in asking questions, as it is here. However, after hitting you with a “What the hell happened…”-type question after game one, try as I may, I can’t get away from a similar inquiry after that wild game two!
A six-goal second period, 11 tallies in total, a Tyler Seguin explosion, bonehead penalties… It all leads me to, once again… What the hell happened here?
MK: It’s the Seguinista Revolution and all we can do is join them or go home. By now you know how the Bruins have been holding this kid back and he would’ve scored 400 goals this season if he got the 40 minutes per night of ice time he deserves.
But seriously, what happened is the worst defensive performance by a Bruins team under Claude Julien definitely in a win, and maybe ever. Other than Dennis Seidenberg, the Bruins have five pylons out there and Tim Thomas was up to the task. Dwayne Roloson, on the other hand, wasn’t able to handle a full does of Seguin, or Michael Ryder, or Nathan Horton.
Both coaches expressed their displeasure with their team’s defensive play. And frankly, as exciting as it was, it was a little hard on my eyes. But I’m a pitcher’s duel sort of guy to being with.
Aside from Seguin, I want to go back to Thomas. Is there any doubt that this guy is one of the most resilient in sports? His play last night was a microcosm for his whole career. I’d have to think there are some coaches that might’ve pulled him, even if just to switch some momentum when the Lightning go to the first intermission up 2-1. But Julien knows what he has. And even when the Bruins’ defense decided to mail in the third period, there’s the two-time Vezina winner – yes, that second one is his already – making ridiculous stops and only giving up goals on a snipe by Steven Stamkos and a puck off his mask-less face. He’s amazing.
For the rest of this Q&A log on to Kukla’s Korner.