Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand clicking
November, 12, 2011
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- Tyler Seguin scored two goals and added an assist in the Bruins' 6-2 win over the Sabres on Saturday night. Linemate Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists, both coming on Seguin's goals. Seguin's lone assist came on Marchand's goal, and the two youngsters are building a chemistry on and off the ice that is translating into a deeper offensive attack for the Bruins. While Patrice Bergeron -- who centers Marchand and Seguin -- is obviously the veteran leader and two-way anchor of the line, Marchand and Seguin are making it even more dangerous.
"We are starting to click a little better here now," Marchand said of the budding chemistry between him and Seguin. "You see some plays where we are starting to find each other now. We know where to be. He is obviously a pretty easy guy to play with because of his great skill set. We are gelling a little better now, we just have to keep it going."
Seguin credits the duo's speed as the reason they're clicking so well on the ice. He too noted their sense of where to be or where the other is as another key element.
"I mean he's fast," Seguin answered when asked how he and Marchand complement each other. "Obviously [Bergeron is] fast too but when Bergy's in his own zone and he's playing his good defensive zone you know we're there and then if the puck pops out I know that [Marchand is] flying down the other boards or Marchy knows I'm going and you know, it just works out with our speed."
For Bruins coach Claude Julien, it has obviously been a pleasure to watch. He compared his two young guns to the likes of Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall in Edmonton, a team the Bruins beat 6-3 Thursday. He also noted Marchand's experience as a factor in their success.
"[Marchand] is maybe in his second year here, but he's been a pro for more than two years, so I'd qualify him probably more of an experienced player than a young player," Julien said of the 23-year-old. "Age-wise, he's young, but you just have to look at the last game. When you look at Nugent-Hopkins and Hall and those guys, Eberle, they're having impacts on their team as well. There's a lot of young players coming up in the league right now that have an impact on their team pretty quickly."