Coming into Saturday night's game versus the Maple Leafs in Toronto, B's forward Tyler Seguin
talked about playing against his home town team.
"I grew up a Leafs fan - can’t lie about that," said Seguin. "I lived 40-minutes away from here, so I’ve been to a fair-share of games.
"I’ve [played] here before," added Seguin. "I know what to expect...but it’s still kind of cool.
"Even pregame skate, when I looked in the stands I remembered when I came with my dad and family and mom whenever I came down to Leafs games.
"It’s a little surreal," he said.
That was probably what the patrons in the Air Canada Centre were thinking as Seguin and his Bruins teammates dropped seven goals their first place Maple Leafs en route to a 7-0 shutout victory.
"He always seems to get up when he plays these guys," said fellow forward Shawn Thornton
. "There wasn’t much room there on that third one, but he found a way to put it there.
"He’s just playing well for us. He’s got a lot of confidence right now."
To his credit, postgame, Seguin concentrated on the team's victory -- a must win for the slow-starting B's -- and the play of his trio with Patrice Bergeron
and Brad Marchand
"It was nice to see us play the full sixty tonight -- get the win -- especially against one of the hot teams in the NHL.
"It feels great," he continued. "Our line was clicking really well tonight.
"We had a bit of a slow start in the first period, but I thought the second period we really picked it up and I was just fortunate to finish some plays off."
Left wing Milan Lucic
, who added two goals of his own, said the B's had talked about stringing together some victories.
"The biggest thing was is we haven’t been able to find that consistency in our game and we wanted to put a strong game together after a big win on Tuesday against Ottawa," said Lucic. "Obviously, we were able to step up and have a great game here and it was a lot of hard work and we got rewarded for it."
Seguin, in particular, has been rewarded for a strong start to the 2011-12 campaign.
"Segs, he’s just been playing great and every time you play in your hometown you want to step up and have a big game," said Lucic. "It’s a big moment in any hockey player’s career to get your first hat trick and for him to get it here in Toronto...he’s just been playing well, he’s shooting the puck well, he’s getting himself open and you can see him out there.
"He’s got live legs and he’s having a lot of fun."
And finally, after a completely frustrating and forgettable October for the Stanley Cup champions, the B's are starting to have fun, again, too.
"We can put that in the rearview mirror," said Thomas. "We’re 2-0 in November, so it’s a good start to November and we’ve got to build off of it.
"We’ve got another game Monday and we’ve got to focus on that one -- not look past that one -- get one more...and start letting them add up."
Just like Seguins goal totals...