BOSTON -- Perhaps it makes sense that one of the Bruins’ youngest players was one of the only ones to make it through a grueling four-day stretch with his game intact.
The Bruins were able to take four out of a possible six points while playing three games in four days, and Tyler Seguin had goals in back-to-back games for the Bruins as one of their main offensive rainmakers.
Twenty-four hours after potting the game-winning goal in the third period in New Jersey by utilizing his game-breaking speed with linemate Daniel Paille, he was second on the B’s with four shots on net Thursday night and tallied the only score in Boston’s 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders at TD Garden.
It felt funny hearing Seguin credit the Islanders with their young legs when he’s the youngest of them all, but unfortunately there wasn’t enough of that to go around on the Boston roster.
“I think we’re happy with the progress we’re making. We’re not jumping to conclusions saying that we’ve got to be a lot better in back-to-back games,” said Seguin, who would be on pace for 28 goals and right around 60 points during a regular 82-game NHL campaign. “[In the] playoffs there’s not too many back-to-back, so I think we’re making progress with eight games left now.
“It’s a good sign to see, and hopefully we can stay consistent and work hard in the playoffs. [Injuries] are something you see in the playoffs, so it’s a good measuring stick or test for us as a group and as a team for other guys to step up when you lose good players like that.”
Seguin has certainly done his part in the absence of both Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand by upping his goal-producing ante and creating scoring chances. Now with the back-to-back situations gone for the rest of the year and most of the playoffs, it’s up to the rest of the Black and Gold to catch up with the young skating legs of Seguin that never seemed to slow down in the first place.