Twenty-year-old Tyler Seguin made Bruins history on Saturday night, becoming the youngest player in team history to lead the club in scoring. Seguin racked up 29 goals and 38 assist for a total of 67 point this season. Seguin also ended the season with a solid +34, which is one the of best +/- on the Bruins.
Seguin has been stellar this season, and certainly didn’t disappoint during the Bruins’ 4-3 win in last game of the season against the Buffalo Sabres. Seguin scored twice in the Bruins’ victory, which was more than fantastic for the Bruins forward, because linemate Brad Marchand nearly caught Seguin for the scoring title. Marchand had a breakaway chance, but didn’t end up capitalizing on it, which put him just one point from tying Seguin after his goal in the third period that sent the game into overtime.
“Yeah, I missed it on purpose because he was crying about how he wanted [the scoring title] before the game,” joked Marchand, ”so I let him have it.”
All jokes aside, it is undeniable that Seguin is quickly turning into the franchise player that the Bruins have wanted him to be since they drafted him as second overall pick in the 2010 NHL entry draft.
Despite being the top goal-scorer on the team and netting in two big goals right before the playoffs start, Seguin still credits much of his success to his linemates. The Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin line has been outstanding; during the last game of the season, the first line accounted for all four goals in the game.
“It guess it’s a good accomplishment,” said Seguin, “look at my lineys, they’re easy to play with and I think if you look at some of my goals tonight, they set most of them up. [I'm] very fortunate to play with them…”
Seguin’s line mates certainly are two of the best players not only on the team, but in the conference as well. Patrice Bergeron, who had the game winning goal in the shootout win against the Sabres, had 64 points and a +36 this season with the Bruins. Not to mention he has won 963 face-offs this year prior to the Bruins’ matchup with the Sabres.
Bergeron’s talent certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed, as one of the best two-way forwards in the league, he is strong candidate for the Selke Trophy. Bergeron also had the club record for youngest player to win the scoring title for the team at 20 years and 8 months before Seguin edged him out of the record by just 6 months and two weeks.
Seguin’s other winger, Marchand, also has made quite a name for himself in the league. With 28 goals and 27 assists, the “Little Ball of Hate” has been a force to be reckoned with this season. His knack for not only getting under the opponents skin, but helping out the team offensively has made him a perfect fit for the top line.
Seguin and the rest of his line have a combined total of 79 goal this season, and are excited begin the playoffs and defend their Stanley Cup Championship Title. With playoff experience already under his belt, Seguin is looking to continue to contribute come playoff time.
“Well, this is when the important season starts,” said Seguin. “If you’re a hockey player and a competitive guy, this is when you get real excited. I know myself, I know the guys try not to think about it, try not to think about the week ahead before tonight’s game, but you can’t lie it was all in our heads and playoffs are right around the corner. We’re all excited.”