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So Much for the Sophomore Slump

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin both had great rookie seasons with the Bruins and Saturday night, in a 6-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres, the Bruins sophomore duo showed they are serious offensive scoring threats in their second seasons in Black & Gold.

The two wings helped one another register three point nights and continued to build chemistry on their trio with center Patrice Bergeron

“We are starting to click a little better here now. You see some plays where we are starting to find each other now,” explained Marchand. “We know where to be.”

Seguin agreed.

“I know that Marchy’s flying down the other boards or Marchy knows I'm going and, you know, it just works out with our speed,” he said.

With the game knotted at 1-1 in the second period, it once again worked out for the duo.

Marchand intercepted a Buffalo pass in the neutral zone while Seguin skated down the far side to create a 2-on-1. Marchand showed patience as he waited for Sabre’s goalie Ryan Miller to reveal a hole, but also saw a perfect passing lane to Tyler. 

“I saw Segs [Tyler Seguin] 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,” said the Nova Scotia-native. “He was just too wide-open.”

Marchand took the unselfish route and threaded it to the back door where Seguin buried it past a sprawled out Miller to break the 1-1 tie. 

After Buffalo made a goalie switch and put a 5-0-0 Jhonas Enroth in their crease, the duo would found a way to beat him as well when Seguin returned the favor to Marchand on the last, but arguably prettiest goal of the game.

“I saw Marchy there and he was kind of flying in so I just tried to put it in there where I hoped he was going to be,” said Seguin. "Obviously, he did the rest as you could see."

The 19-year-old had the puck on the boards and fed Marchand as he flew through the offensive zone. Marchand gave a little head-fake to Enroth, pulled it to his backhand, and lifted it over the Sabres goaltender.

After working together to beat both Sabre netminders on Saturday, Marchand explained that Seguin’s stick handling and shooting complements his own game.

“He is obviously a pretty easy guy to play with because of his great skill set,” said Marchand of Seguin. “Around the net he can’t miss.

"He makes some great plays out there.”

Marchand’s words are a bit of an understatement.

Seguin has lit up the scoreboard in the Bruins recent hot-streak. Last year's 2nd overall draft pick is continuing to provide an offensive spark for his team as he leads the B’s in goals (11) and points (20) and the entire NHL in plus/minus (+14).

“Segs is getting really lucky right now,“ joked Marchand. “He is playing unbelievable. He seems to be able to do it every single game.” 

Seguin also had good things to say about Marchand. Asked about his two goals on the night, the Ontario-native responded, “It was really just the linemates' work and me just finishing.”

Just 15 games into the regular season, Seguin matched his 11 goals from the 2010-2011 season and Marchand extended his own point streak to five games (3-5-8 totals) -- a new career best point streak. 

Although the two forwards are putting impressive numbers on the score-sheet and quelling the myth of the sophomore slump, they pair is showing their maturity by keeping the determined and modest mindset that has helped the Bruins win their last five games.

“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,” said Marchand.

---John Griffin
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