Tyler Seguin Continues Stellar Start to Season, Takes Just 15 Games to Match Rookie Year’s Goal Total

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Tyler Seguin Continues Stellar Start to Season, Takes Just 15 Games to Match Rookie Year's Goal TotalBOSTON — It took Tyler Seguin 74 games in his rookie season to score 11 goals.

Technically, it took him just 63, as the Bruins forward didn't score a goal in his final 11 games of the regular season.

Seguin hasn't had to worry about such droughts this year. In fact, just 15 games into the season he's already matched last year's goal total. Goals No. 10 and 11 came Saturday night against the Sabres, with Seguin playing a major role in Boston's 6-2 victory.

It was Boston's fifth straight win, and pushed the Bruins over .500 for the first time this season at 8-7-0. Boston has scored 30 goals in those five wins, making their early struggles a fading memory.

But even when Boston was at its lowest point in dealing with its Stanley Cup hangover, Seguin was the one constant. He's failed to collect at least one point in just three games all season, leading the club with 11-9-20 totals.

Seguin has really elevated his game during the team's turn-around, though, collecting eight goals and 11 points in his last six games. He's gotten so hot that even linemate Brad Marchand had no choice but to give up the puck to him on a 2-on-1 break for Seguin's first goal on Saturday.

"I saw Segs coming from the bench but the whole time, I even told him right after I was laughing because I wanted to shoot the whole way," Marchand said. "I wanted to take the shot I had the whole lane but he was just too wide open, the goalie was frozen, and I just had to give it to him. But you are kind of looking for the option and the defenses in this league are good at taking away the pass. He just happened to have enough speed to get by him."

Marchand also assisted on Seguin's second strike, while Seguin paid him back on Marchand's fifth goal of the season later in the third. That wasn't enough to keep the Bruins' resident chirper from giving the youngster a few verbal jabs after the game.

"Yeah Segs is getting really lucky right now," Marchand said. "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."

The rest of the Bruins are enjoying watching the budding young star develop before their eyes as well.

"It's been great to see, fun to watch," forward Milan Lucic said. "He's on fire right now. He's shooting the puck well. He's getting in on those areas. You know, I think last year he learned a lot. I think we went about things the right way, kind of giving him limited ice time and teaching him everything that it takes to be a pro. And you can see that in his game, that it's paid off."

Claude Julien was the man responsible for easing Seguin into the mix last year. While he was criticized by some for taking the conservative approach, his methods are paying huge dividends now.

"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.

"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."

Seguin himself certainly recognizes the help he's been getting from linemates Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.

"Whenever you score, you're never going to be disappointed," Seguin said. "You can never score too much and right now I'm burying most of my opportunities. But I feel like my two goals [Saturday], I don't know what I really did, it was really just the linemates' work and me just finishing."

Seguin is finishing far more often than most expected so far this season, but he set no specific goals for the numbers he wanted to put up this year.

"I wanted to improve," Seguin said. "I wanted to get better from last year and I want to stay consistent and I think that's the biggest thing for our team this year, especially right now and I think that's the biggest thing for me as well."

Seguin has been a consistent force all season, and that extends beyond his offensive production. He's equally proud of his team-best plus-14 rating and the fact that he has been able to contribute on a line usually tasked with going up against the opposition's top unit.

"[I have] lots of confidence," Seguin said. "I also don't want to take that too far and make irrational plays that I just can't make and there's still a lot of things I have to get better at. I thought I played a bit better in my D-zone tonight. Last game they scored a goal while we were on and [Saturday] I thought I did a better job and that's just one of the things I need to keep working on.

"Well obviously I think I have improved with experience. And with experience, coming with all that confidence and the Cup run and the whole summer to work out and work on what I needed to do and how to improve and it's working out."

It's been working out beyond the Bruins' wildest dreams so far this season.

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