PRAGUE -- Tyler Seguin was going to remember the Bruins' trip to Prague regardless of what happened on the ice in the first two games of the 2010-11 season. Seguin was able to bond with his new teammates and see a historic and beautiful city in the process.
But on Sunday, Seguin did something no player ever forgets, scoring his first NHL goal 9:14 into the third period to seal the Bruins' 3-0 win over the Coyotes.
"I didn't imagine my first NHL game in Europe, much less my first NHL goal," Seguin said.
As Seguin, wearing a proud smile, addressed the media, the puck he put past Ilya Bryzgalov for the goal was in his stall. Seguin, who scored on a breakaway, wasn’t even sure if he had beaten Bryzgalov as he went flying past the net and into the boards.
"I saw the puck in the net and then I raised my arms. I wasn't sure it was in at first," said Seguin, who was hauled down and slid into the end boards after getting off the shot.
Seguin's teammates were happy to share in the special moment.
“That’s a great feeling when you score your first one,” said forward Mark Recchi, who grabbed the puck for Seguin. “That’s something you always remember.”
Horton fitting in
After notching a goal and an assist on Sunday, Nathan Horton has three goals and four points in his first two games with the Bruins. Horton, who became a Bruin last June when he was acquired from Florida, said his new linemates deserve plenty of credit for his instant success.
“Every day is getting better,” Horton said. “We try not to be too fancy sometimes. I think that’s where we get into trouble, and getting some pucks to the net. I think if you try to work little plays, give-and-gos, and just have fun out there, just relax and try to work together. They’re great players, so it’s just get them the puck and things happen.”
Sturm to start skating soon
It's been a tough few years for Marco Sturm as he has battled numerous leg injuries. He again finds himself trying to come back after tearing his ACL and MCL in Game 1 of the Bruins' seven-game loss to the Flyers in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals.
It's been a long offseason of rehabbing off the ice and Sturm is ready to lace up his skates again. Sturm said during Sunday's win that he will resume skating on his own either this week or next.
"That's the plan right now," Sturm said. "I'm not sure if it will be right away this week or next, but that's our plan. Pretty soon."
Sturm realizes there is still a long road ahead as the timetable for him to start playing again is still mid-November to early December. But he is ready for this next step.
"It will take a while to get started but it's definitely something we want to do right now and we think I'm ready to take this step," Sturm said. "I feel pretty good. No problems with the knee now. I know I am not as strong as I want or need to be, but I'm good enough to do this. I still have a lot of work to do and it will take time for sure, but this is a good step in the right direction."
Sturm is grateful he was able to join the Bruins on their European trip but said it's hard for him to watch and not be playing.
"It's been a tough couple of years and even coming off this last injury, you just want to play so bad and I'm excited to just get out there," Sturm said. "The guys have been great and it's awesome to be here with them, but you want to play still and I can't wait until that happens."
Julien juggled his lineup a bit Sunday, scratching forward Daniel Paille and inserting rookie Jordan Caron into the lineup and starting goalie Tim Thomas in favor of Saturday's starter Tuukka Rask who made 32 saves in a 5-2 loss. Adam McQuaid almost played his first game of the season as well with Andrew Ference suffering from an upper body injury but Ference battled through and played.