Last season in his rookie year Tyler Seguin had 11 goals in 74 games, this season Seguin has matched his total from a year ago in just 15 games.
Seguin scored his team leading 10th and 11th goals, Tim Thomas made 21 saves and the Bruins extended their streak to five in a row remaining perfect in the month of November.
It’s been entertaining watching the way the 19-year-old Seguin has grown as a player and has transformed into one of the most dangerous scoring threats for the Bruins.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien says Seguin has played better than he expected.
“I think we’re really happy with his strong start he’s had. 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” said Julien. “But at the same time, I think he’d probably be the first one to say that his linemates deserve a lot of credit. That last goal he scored was a heck of a pass, so he’s got some help around him, and he’s got the right group of guys that are making him successful also.”
The Sabres would carry a 1-0 lead into the second after Thomas Vanek bounced a puck off of Bruins goalie Tim Thomas from behind the Bruins net.
The Bruins would bounce back in a big way in the second as goals by Rich Peverley, Seguin, and Nathan Horton propelled the Bruins to a 3-1 lead, but it was a big hit by Milan Lucic that would set the tone for the Bruins.
Lucic would block a shot in the Bruins zone causing the puck to trickle down the ice towards the Sabres net, Ryan Miller would race trying to get to the puck before Lucic, Miller succeeded, but Lucic nailed Miller with a thunderous hit, Lucic had a simple explanation for the hit.
“Well I blocked a shot, and it’s a race for a puck, and I mean I just put my head down and tried to get to it first” said Lucic whose five-game-goal-streak came to an end. “And next thing I looked up he was out of his net and it was a collision. So I mean obviously going into a situation like that I’m going to brace myself. And I was going full speed so it was pretty hard for me to put on the brakes. So that’s basically it.”
Miller wasn’t too happy about it, and had some choice words for Lucic.
“I just stuck around because I just want to say what a piece of [expletive] I think Lucic is. 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].”
Miller was pulled after the three goal second, but backup goalie Jhonas Enroth didn’t work out any better as he allowed third period goals to Brad Marchand, Chris Kelly and Seguin.
Buffalo would get one back late in the third when Marc-Andre Gragnani beat Thomas with a beauty of a shot on the power play, but it was too little too late, another solid performance by the B’s.
“On the offensive production the Bruins have had over the last five games…Yeah it seems like things are clicking right now, said Marchand who had three points tonight. “You go through spurts like this during the year. And then you go through spurts like we did during the first bit of our season. We can’t get too high and we can’t get too excited about it. We have to make sure we stay calm and focused for each game.”
Heres some postgame video from the Bruins locker room.