BOSTON – It's taken Tyler Seguin just 15 games of his second NHL season to do what it took him 74 games to do as a rookie.
With two goals in the Boston Bruins' 6-2 win against Buffalo on Saturday night at TD Garden, Seguin now has 11 goals to match his total from his first year in the League.
"Yeah, Segs is getting really lucky right now," said linemate Brad Marchand before a laugh in the postgame locker room. "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's 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 is now on a six-game point streak -- he's 8-3-11 during that span -- and he has goals in four straight games for the Bruins, who have now won five in a row.
"Well, obviously I think have improved with experience," said Seguin, who's averaging more than four minutes more of ice time a night from his rookie season to this year. "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 it's working out."
The Sabres entered the game equally hot as Boston, but their four-game winning streak came to an end.
If Seguin is sizzling in his second NHL season, Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers' third year in the League is going in the opposite direction right around now. Myers was a minus-3 for the second time in three games and he committed two giveaways that led directly to Boston goals.
With his team up 1-0 on a Thomas Vanek first period goal, Myers committed his first miscue when he tried to knock down a second-period Boston shoot-in at the Buffalo blue line by going down to one knee. Boston center Gregory Campbell hit Myers and Rich Peverley cashed in by picking up the loose puck and then beating Ryan Miller 1-on-1 to the 5-hole. Peverley's first goal after a six-game drought tied the game at 1-1 with 7:40 elapsed in the second.
Boston went ahead on Seguin's first goal 13:29 into the period, as Myers' pass through the neutral zone was picked off by Marchand. The speedy winger set up Seguin for a tap-in on a 2-on-1.
"He'll play his way through it," said Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff about Myers. "Physically it doesn't have anything to do with what happened with the puck on the first situation. He got into that habit last year – trying to go through some people and inadvertent passes get picked off."
Just 16 seconds after Bruins went ahead, Nathan Horton scored on a 2-on-1 to extend to a 3-1 lead. Down by just two goals, Buffalo had to turn to Jhonas Enroth in relief of Ryan Miller, who left the game with an upper-body injury he suffered during a first-period collision with Bruins forward Milan Lucic.
Chris Kelly and Marchand sandwiched goals around Seguin's second in the third period, as Enroth made just 10 saves on 13 shots. Miller had stopped 19 of 22.
Tim Thomas returned from one week without playing a game to make 21 saves. He allowed a late power-play goal to Marc-Andre Gragnani to provide the final margin.
Life has been a little easier for the Bruins' goaltenders lately, as the team has scored 30 goals during the five-game winning streak after scoring just 21 in the prior 10 contests.
"The way we've just been playing lately, it's been, offensively, all around pretty much, it's been pretty impressive," said Thomas. "It's been pretty fun to play behind, and there's some pretty good stuff out there. You've got Seguin coming of age, and other guys, we're really clicking right now and getting some things done. It's pretty fun to watch."
After he was selected No. 2 overall by the Bruins in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Seguin knew he was going to a situation where ice time would be hard to come by. The Bruins had just reached the second round of the playoffs and had only picked so high because of a trade they swung with Toronto.
Seguin took advantage of his limited ice time, and he famously took the world by storm in the Eastern Conference Final when forced into action after Patrice Bergeron was injured. Seguin scored three goals in the first two games of that series with Tampa Bay. The confidence jolt he gained then has carried over to this season.
"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," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "But that's what happens when a talented guy comes back and has more confidence and is obviously getting more ice time and has 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 [by Bergeron], so he's got some help around him, and he's got the right group of guys that are making him successful also."