Long before Paul and Jackie Seguin thought about bringing their talented son Tyler into the world, jazz musician Mose Allison was bringing toes to a tapping with his ditty, “Young Man’s Blues.”
The tune gained notoriety when The Who began covering it in the 1960s, as singer Roger Daltrey brought young adults to their feet belting its opening lyrics, “Well a young man ain’t got nothing in the world these days.”
If Allison and Daltrey tuned into the Bruins’ 6-3 win over Edmonton on Thursday night, they might’ve been surprised by what they saw.
Rookies and sophomores stole the show at the TD Garden, with Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins stepping to the forefront.
Marchand led the young crew with a pair of goals, both from a simplified game plan that thrilled coach Claude Julien.
“Sometimes guys try and do a little too much and they try to get a little fancy, and it doesn’t suit their game,” Julien said. “That’s Brad in a nutshell. He just has to play hard and use his speed to take pucks to the net and shoot it.”
Marchand picked up both tallies in simplified style. The first was a power-play tally, as the 5-foot-9 Marchand posted himself against 6-foot-3, 210-pound Ladislav Smid. Holding court in the slot, Marchand deflected Joe Corvo’s point shot, rerouting the puck right by goalie Devan Dubnyk.
The second goal was pure Marchand, reflecting his grinding mentality with his sniping talents. On an odd-man rush, Marchand opted to shoot rather than try a difficult pass to Chris Kelly. The shot was perfectly placed over Dubnyk’s right shoulder.
The goals snapped a nine-game scoreless streak for Marchand, who signed a two-year, $5-million extension prior to the season.
“It was nice to get the monkey off the back,” he said. “It was definitely getting frustrating. I’ve been missing a lot of opportunities, so it was nice to get a couple.
Seguin’s play was every bit as impressive, but was nothing new for the Garden faithful. The 19 year old came into the night 13th in the league in scoring with 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists), and merely picked up where he left off.
The sophomore finished with a goal and an assist, though his contributions off the score sheet might be more notable. The winger assisted on Brad Marchand’s power-play goal early in the second period, though his contribution was minimal on the play.
What stands out is what Seguin did to earn the man advantage. The center-turned-winger created the power play with his elite wheels, blowing ahead of Edmonton’s defenders after scooping a loose puck in the neutral zone.
Jeff Petry hooked up Seguin as he crossed the Oiler hashes, and earned a fateful trip to the box because of it.
At that point, Seguin was merely keeping pace with his equally hyped opponents. Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins –– the 2010 and 2011 No. 1 overall picks, respectively –– had already made a mark on the score sheet.
The pair each notched points on the Oiler goal that squared the game at 2-2 midway through the first period.
Nugent-Hopkins started and finished the play, scooping an errant Milan Lucic pass along the right boards in his own zone. After making the pass, Lucic failed to cover up Hall, who was streaking down the left side of the neutral zone. Hall nabbed the pass and skated toward net with linemate Jordan Eberle riding sidecar in the right slot.
Nugent-Hopkins trailed the play, soaring by Lucic to the high slot, where he was greeted by a drop pass from Hall. This year’s No. 1 overall picked took in the pass, sized up B’s goalie Tuukka Rask, and sniped a low laser by Rask’s stick side.
“I think we’re kind of developing some chemistry early in the season, and we want to keep that going,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “I think we’re on the right track for sure and I think we just need to keep our heads up and go into Detroit tomorrow with the right attitude.”