- Coming into tonight against his hometown Toronto team, Tyler Seguin
was on a point-per-game pace all-time vs the Leafs, with 13 points off five goals and eight assists, in 13 games.
You can now add three more to that total.
The speedy Seguin left TD Garden Thursday night with an assist and two goals, including the go-ahead goal 7:11 into the second and the empty-netter to seal it, 4-2, for a victory and two points over the Northeast rival.
Seguin and his linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand have been on a tear for the B's recently, collectively recording 37 points in their past nine games, off 14 goals and 23 assists. Eight of those points (3-5) came in tonight's win alone.
"Definitely feels good as a line but you’re only happy when you’re walking away with two points from a game," Seguin told media from in front of his locker stall postgame. "So tonight felt better than the last couple."
"As a whole, as a line, I think we’re playing really well," Seguin added, later, to the sea of reporters gathered around him. "We’re moving the puck well and winning battles and I think with our experience with each other over the last two years, it’s really clicking right now."
No. 19 didn't necessarily start the season out on the best streak offensively - though his two-play looked like it was improving at a Bergeron-rate - so getting a few more goals as of late, including four in his past four games, has the forward feeling a little relief on the puck.
"Yeah, you could say that," said Seguin, on feeling the grip loosen a bit on his stick from the scoring. "I think every guy in here likes to score and I’m no exception so definitely feels good."
On the B's first goal of the game, the 21-year-old raced on the ice after a line change and picked up the puck at the blueline, after Marchand intensely battled for the puck along the boards and kicked it loose. His speed was no match for any Leafs' defenders, and though his initial shot was stopped by Ben Scrivens, his trailing linemate Patrice Bergeron made sure his shot went in, with 52.3 left on the clock in the first.
Marchand was battling so hard, he didn't even see his linemate speed past him.
"Yeah, it definitely was," said Marchand, on how satisfying it was to see Seguin and Bergeron finish on the first goal. "Anytime you battle like that - actually, I kind of felt bad. I didn’t really see it, but whenever it results in a goal you’re always happy."
"When Segs is on his game, that’s the kind of things he does. He takes the puck to the net hard, and he uses speed and skill, and you saw that in the first goal, you saw it in the second goal, and I guess again on the third one. His speed, that’s how he has to play."
Though Toronto evened the score, 1-1, in the second, it was Seguin's go-ahead that put them up 2-1 and shifted the momentum, when he and Marchand raced up ice on a 2-on-1.
"It’s how the game goes. You get hot, and then you get cold, and everyone wants to do it every year," said Marchand, on Seguin's torrid play of late. "And Segs is too good of a player for him not to score."
"We knew if he kept going they were going to continue to come, and I think we’re going to see it happening now."
David Krejci gave the B's a 3-1 lead with under two minutes to play in the second period, cashing in on a rebound after Andrew Ference jumped into the play, but when the Leafs narrowed it 3-2, it was Seguin's empty-netter in the final minute that let them brief a sigh of relief.
The intensity of Seguin's game was certainly on display, and it's no question that he helped his line and his team in the spoked-B get the win tonight.
"I think it just comes with not producing and just getting more determined and getting back to focusing on the little things more than the big picture or the statistics," said Seguin. "I’m starting with that and things are rolling from there."
"I was a little nervous once they scored that one in third just how the last few games have gone, but we bared down and we walked away with two points, so it makes me happy."