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Tyler Seguin is tearing it up, even if he feels he should’ve had another hat trick

11.08.11 at 12:53 am ET
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The numbers speak for themselves.

A team-leading eight goals; points in 10 of 13 games played. Three goals in his first career hat trick on Saturday night in Toronto. Still only 19 years of age.

Any way you break them down, all of them indicate that Tyler Seguin is on the cusp of reaching his true potential as an NHL superstar.

Seguin scored his eighth goal Monday in the first period of a 6-2 win over the Islanders. Truth be told, he could’ve had two more in the second period alone but ironically, he couldn’t find the finishing touch that had been on display for the last week.

“Yeah, there were definitely some plays where I got to grip my stick a bit harder and finish those off,” Seguin said with a smile. “But I’m glad a lot of guys stepped up tonight and scored some big goals.

“I think were starting to string a couple games here together now and staying consistent with the full sixty. And that’s definitely great to see. But the one thing we don’t want to do is fall right back into that basement with a loss in our own barn. We want to have a nice homestand here at home.”

Another habit the Bruins are developing is scoring in rapid-fire succession. Twice Monday they scored two goals inside of a minute span, including goals by Nathan Horton and Seguin in a 29-second span in the first period that put Boston up, 3-1.

“That’s a big thing for us, is definitely that shift after a goal,” Seguin said. “It’s huge and I think Krech’s [David Krejci] line did it tonight back-to-back. That’s one of the biggest shifts in hockey. So right now we’re doing a good job at capitalizing on it.

“I don’t know if we really look for it. Again, consistency is a huge thing for us right now. Especially this early in the year, we can’t have bad habits creeping up on us. So it’s nice to play a full sixty again.”

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