Tyler Seguin shows Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins why it’s great to be a Bruin
|11.11.11 at 8:25 am ET|
There’s no doubt that Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have All-Star careers ahead of them. By all accounts from NHL scouts, the pair are can’t miss talents that will help lead the Edmonton Oilers back to prominence.
Throw in Ryan Smyth, who had two goals Thursday, and you can see why their forward skill is envied by others around the league.
All three certainly showed their talent Thursday night.
But in the end, it was Tyler Seguin‘s Bruins who had the deeper roster and better defensemen as the B’s prevailed, 6-3.
Seguin already has a Stanley Cup ring.
Seguin was a second overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft while Hall and Nugent-Hopkins were the last two No. 1 overall picks. Seguin said it was fun taking it all in.
“Yeah, I mean it was fun,” the 19-year-old Seguin said, before referencing Nugent-Hopkins, who is a whopping one year younger than Seguin. “And then there were some ‘ you know, that new first overall kid ‘ I don’t know why I said kid; I’m a kid ‘ that was the first time I’d actually seen him play as well, and it’s cool seeing new talent coming into the league. They’re going to be a great team in a few years to come; they’ve got a lot of talent.”
Though immensely skilled, Nugent-Hopkins and Hall would both love to have the kind of luck that Seguin had on his goal Thursday, his ninth of the season. The shot hit the end boards, ricocheted off three Oilers, then the crossbar before dropping behind Devan Dubnyk.
“I went for a little shot past Marshy [Brad Marchand] and went off the wall and kind of went to the net and was whacking my stick,” Seguin said. “I don’t know if it hit my stick or what it did, but the guy kind of came at me. I don’t know if my eyes closed for a second, but the next time I looked, the puck was in the net. No idea what happened.”
Neither do the opposing defenses. The Bruins have exploded for 24 goals on their four-game winning streak that has them back at .500 for the first time since the season’s second game.
“It’s good. We’re winning battles,” Seguin said. “We’re working hard out there. We’re playing the full 60. I think right now, that’s the main thing, is consistency, and that’s what we’re doing.
“I don’t know if in the beginning of the season, there was this emotional thing that just wasn’t there. I don’t know if it’s because you’re on a high and the Cup run, and obviously you’re going to get emotional in every regular season game, but it’s just maybe a little different. I think guys have found their way now and know how to get back to business, and they seem to be doing it.”