Bergeron absence sends Seguin to center of exhaustion

Tyler Seguin/By S. Bradley

Tyler Seguin/By S. Bradley

All it took was one shift back at center for Bruins forward Tyler Seguin to gain an even great appreciation for his longtime linemate Patrice Bergeron.

“First shift, I was like ‘Oh, Bergy. I appreciate you a lot more now,’” Seguin said after the Bruins’ 1-0 win against New Jersey Thursday at TD Garden. “Definitely, I don’t know, I guess the first period I felt it a lot more. But then as the game progressed I felt like I could use my speed a bit more and it was just about finding those areas. It’s one thing from being a centerman going into the NHL and being a centerman. But it’s another thing going from center to wing in the NHL and then going back to center, so it’s going to take some adjustment.”

With Bergeron out indefinitely with a moderate concussion, Seguin might have a decent amount of time to make those adjustments. Playing center requires covering more ground and taking on added responsibility. In his first game back at his natural position, Seguin also had to work newcomer Jaromir Jagr, on right wing, into the mix together with longtime left winger Brad Marchand. Seguin skated for a team-high 18:01 of even-strength ice time among forwards.

“Tyler is obviously realizing, probably, how tough it is for [Bergeron] to play that position, because playing in the D-zone, there’s a lot of territory to cover as a centerman, and when pucks are going from one side to the other, he wasn’t always there,” coach Claude Julien said. “That’s the work in progress, and that’s what we expected, and that’s what he’s going to get used to. But overall, that line was fine.”

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