MONTREAL – Tyler Seguin has played at centre, on the wing, and has been put into numerous line combinations this pre-season.
The young forward welcomes all the experimentation.
Seguin and Chris Clark each scored in the third period to lead the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens in pre-season action Monday.
“It’s good. I can’t say I’ve played with every guy on the team, but it’s good. It’s a long season and there’s going to be injuries, so it’s good to see what chemistry can be there,” Seguin said.
The second-year forward has also been moving around between centre and wing. He spent most of his rookie season on the wing and split the two positions in the back-to-back pre-season matchup against the Canadiens.
While a natural centre, he’s happy to line up in either spot.
”Yeah, at the back of my mind I’m curious to see where am to start the season. I want to be good at both positions,” he said. “Last year I got more experience on the wing where I didn’t have previous experience and I feel comfortable at both positions now.”
Tuukka Rask made 30 saves for the win, improving to 1-0-1 in exhibition play.
“I thought we played good in the first and third and the second wasn’t our game. We gave them too much room. But overall, it was a pretty good effort,” Rask said.
Montreal goaltender Carey Price made 30 saves in his strongest performance of the pre-season.
Michael Cammalleri scored the lone goal for Montreal, his third of the pre-season at 15:33 of the second period.
Despite another loss on their pre-season record, the Canadiens focused on the positives.
“We were going against a pretty solid lineup on the other side and we had a lot of young kids in, and I thought (the young guys) played exceptionally well,” said Price, who was named the game’s second star.
The Canadiens goaltender was especially strong with a couple of big saves in the third period. After allowing 10 goals in his first three appearances, he’s feeling more comfortable as the season approaches.
“I’m getting better. Like I said, it’s a process from the start and I’m coming along right on track,” Price said. “As a group, actually, I thought we played a lot better than the previous game and I think everything’s coming along on track.”
One of the young Canadiens getting good reviews is Brendan Gallagher. A fifth round pick in 2010, Gallagher has opened plenty of eyes since the start of camp. He continued that trend against the Bruins by nearly scoring in the second period, his shot beating Rask but not the post.
“I thought I beat the goalie and then I saw it go by him and go out the other side,” Gallagher said. “My initial reaction was frustration but…I realized if I’m getting those chances, I must be doing something right.”
Winger Philip DeSimone, at camp on an amateur tryout, got the Canadiens’ scoring play started coming up the right wing before letting a shot go. Rask made the initial save, but the rebound bounced out to Cammalleri who was waiting out in the slot.
Cammalleri now leads all Canadiens with three goals in exhibition play.
Seguin tied the game on the power play early in the third. Defenceman Matt Bartkowski’s shot got lost in the crowd before the puck found its way to Seguin, who had a wide-open net to Price’s right.
Clark, on a tryout with the Bruins, put the visitors ahead just after a Boston power play, finishing off a passing play with Steve Kampfer to Maxime Sauve.
The win improved the Bruins’ pre-season record at 3-0-1. The Canadiens meanwhile, finishing off a stretch of six games in seven nights, fell to 1-5-0 with the loss.
Notes: DeSimone, a close friend of Max Pacioretty’s, was among five Canadiens cuts following the game. He’ll join the Hamilton Bulldogs along with forwards Brock Trotter, Alain Berger and Philippe Lefebvre. Defenceman Jarred Tinordi will return to his OHL club, the London Knights…