Remember that second overall draft pick the Bruins got last year? That 18-year old superstar that was supposed to amount to something? The one left out of the All-Star ballot?
At this point, how could you forget him?
The now 19-year old sensation has tied his total goals scored from last season and it's only November. With eight goals in five games, and 11 goals in 15, it's hard not to see the bright future ahead for Tyler Seguin.
"Yeah Segs [Seguin] is getting really lucky right now," linemate Brad Marchand said laughing. "No he is playing unbelievable. He seems to be able to do it every single game. Around the net he can’t miss. He makes some great plays out there. It is very good for him and we are all happy. We need him to keep going he is a big part of our team right now."
Seguin scored two goals tonight in the Bruins 6-2 bombardment over the Sabres, including an important goal that put the Bruins up 2-1 in the second period. After his goal, Nathan Horton came out and scored just 16 seconds to put Boston up by two, and never give up the lead after that.
This hasn't been the first time Seguin has sparked the quick offense. In two other games in the past four, Seguin has been a part of the quick goals alongside the usual suspects, Horton and Milan Lucic.Tonight, his horizons expanded and his chemistry with Marchand couldn't be denied.
"Yeah he is [the enabler]," Marchand said. "He's very good with the puck and very good in his positioning. He knows where to be. He makes things happen when he's on the ice. We all want to have a big shift after you score a goal and he's been scoring some big goals lately and it really brings a lot of emotion and energy to our team and we have been able to feed off that."
And he certainly did bring some energy.
Peverley scored the first goal for the Bruins after the Sabres took an early lead with a Thomas Vanek tap-in goal. After Horton's goal put the Bruins up 3-1, Chris Kelly, Seguin and Marchand added three more goals before Marc-Andre Gragnani put the second goal in for Buffalo with under seven minutes to play.
Sabres winger Jason Pominville also noticed just how effective Tyler Seguin has been, even just in the game tonight.
"I haven't seen many of his games, but from what I saw he's skating really well, playing with confidence, got a lot of poise with the puck," Pominville said. "He's making really good decisions with the puck and getting rewarded for his good play."
Seguin however, wasn't the only Bruins forward that was noticed on the team. Miller had the chance to notice Lucic up close in personal earlier in the game.
In the first period, Miller was run over by a crashing Lucic after coming out about 15 feet from the crease to play a puck. Lucic braced himself and pummeled into Miller who crumbled to the ice. After the game, Miller reacted to Lucic's hit and was still furious with it almost two hours later.
" I just stuck around because I just want to say what a piece of [expletive] I think [Milan] Lucic is," Miller said. "Fifty pounds on me, and he runs me like that. It’s unbelievable. Everyone in this city sees him as a big, tough, solid player. I respected him for how hard he played. That was gutless. Gutless, piece of [expletive]."
This is the fourth straight game that the Bruins have scored at least six goals against their opponents and have won by more than three goals. This is also the third time in five games the Bruins have chased the starting goaltender from the net to face the backup. Ryan Miller was replaced by Jhonas Enroth at the beginning of the third period after Miller had let in three goals on 22 shots.
Seguin and Lucic both extended their point streaks to six games.
For those who haven't been able to see what Seguin is all about, coach Claude Julien said they best is yet to come with this young forward. His ice time has gone up considerably from last year, and he only expects Seguin to improve from here.
"I think we’re really happy with his strong start he’s had," Julien said. "I think we knew he’d be a good player for us this year, but no doubt, he’s probably playing even better than we expected, but that’s what happens when a talented guy comes back and has more confidence and is obviously getting more ice time and has a more experience, so I guess he’s just starting to show what he’s all about."