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Seguin Shines

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Tyler Seguin has won plenty of awards during his hockey career, but as of yet the individual NHL accolades haven't been as quick to pile up.

However, as the Boston Bruins best player through 15 games of the 2011-12 season Seguin has been a centerpiece of both the Black & Gold's five-game winning streak and the corresponding offensive explosion (30 goals over those five contests).

Today, the NHL noticed. Seguin has been named the NHL’s First Star for the week ending November 13.

In three games during the week, the 19-year-old Seguin had four goals and two assists and finished plus-4. He currently has goals in four straight games and points in six straight. Seguin leads the Bruins in goals (11, tied for 2nd in NHL), points (20, 4th overall in NHL) and leads the entire NHL in plus/minus (+14). He has matched his total goal output from all of last season in just 15 games.

"I think we’re really happy with his strong start he’s had," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien of Seguin on Saturday. "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.

"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."

Asked about his linemate after the B's win over the Buffalo Sabres, Brad Marchand joked, "Segs is getting really lucky right now." 

But he was serious in his praise.

"He is playing unbelievable," said Marchand. "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."

"It’s been great to see; fun to watch," added Milan Lucic, postgame. "He’s matched his goal total from last season already in fifteen games. 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...and you can see that in his game, that it’s paid off."

Seguin said the same of his first year in the NHL.

"Obviously, I think I have improved with experience," Seguin said on Saturday.

The young forward added that the experience, combined with "confidence and the Cup run and the whole summer to work out" helped him understand what he "needed to do and how to improve."

"And it's working out," he said.
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