Tyler Seguin is my selection for Boston Bruins player of the week for the week from March 4 to 10. That does include the disastrous collapse against the Washington Capitals, where he went missing on the score sheet, but he made up for having no points in that game by promptly putting up three in the very next match and another in the March 9 shutout of the Philadelphia Flyers.
He started his offensive explosion this past week by scoring twice and adding an assist against the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team that has historically been very kind to him in terms of earning points. (Can anyone say ‘first career hat trick’?) He helped out his linemate–the man who he models his game after and my inaugural player of the week selection–Patrice Bergeron first. Then he added his own in the second period to snap a one-goal tie and put a bow on it with an empty-netter to make the 4-2 win official, all while enjoying the dulcet tones of the TD Garden crowd chanting “Thank You Kessel” again.
In that Saturday matinee shutout, he was the first to score and did so on the power play to start stacking up the first-period goals that would seal the 3-0 deal. Then he also decided to play goaltender later in the game to help a floundering Tuukka Rask and retain the score.
That move rightfully earned Seguin a standing ovation from the crowd and is actually the second time this season where he’s helped to bail out Rask in a hairy moment.
At first, the goalie sounded like he didn’t know it was #19 who helped him, but he appreciated the assistance.
“Oh, that was Tyler? It was great. He was telling me he would have caught the guy when I sprinted out of the net. But, it’s good to see he’s got my back and he’s got those goalie skills too. I don’t think they marked a save for us. I think that should be a save, right?” he said to Eric Russo.
After a lukewarm start to the season and suspicions that he used all his good-game mojo over in Switzerland during the lockout, Seguin is turning things around: he has points in all but one game played in March. As for February, he went on a five-game point streak at one point that included three consecutive games with at least one assist. He’s second to Brad Marchand for goals and catching up fast, third in assists and tied with David Krejci for third in total points. Being on a line with Bergeron is serving him well again in terms of plus/minus, too: he has a +16, just one behind Bergeron’s +17, and that +16 is the exact same rating as Sidney Crosby.
Now that he’s off to the races and scoring with some regularity, here’s hoping he keeps up the momentum.