Chara, Seidenberg Bring the Offense in Fight-Filled 3-2 OT Win over Caps

Monday, 09.23.2013 / 11:24 PM
Caryn Switaj  - BostonBruins.com

BOSTON, MA - Those in attendance at TD Garden got a fight night on Monday in the Bruins' 3-2 overtime preseason win over the Washington Capitals, with five bouts of dropping the gloves fueled by skaters trying to make their clubs' opening night rosters.

Included in that mix was an extended hammering, featuring the bruiser himself, Milan Lucic.

Chris Kelly potted the game-winner, 3:39 into OT, firing the puck into a near-empty net after a shot from Matt Bartkowski deflected right to him, and igniting an already energized game for the crowd.

But the Boston faithful also got to see the Bruins' newly re-worked - and still experimental - power play in effect, with Zdeno Chara trolling the front of the net. The movement resulted in two goals from the Captain on the man-advantage, one with his 6-foot-9 frame parked in front, and another on a rocket from the right circle, as he maneuvered his way down from the point.

Dennis Seidenberg assisted on both, the first Zee goal a tip off No. 44's bomb from the left point, and the second after a passing play with Milan Lucic set up Chara's second, off a 5-on-3.

Albeit in preseason, with penalty kills not necessarily always in their regular season form, it can't be ignored that the new cycling has given the Bruins nine power-play goals (out of 15 total tallies) in five preseason games.

"I think it's big advantage," Seidenberg said postgame, with no pun intended. "I mean, if you look at him, he takes away so much vision from the goalie. It takes every goalie every effort just to look around him. It should leave a big part of the net open, if you're smart about creating shooting lanes and just getting pucks to the net."

"And even on rebounds, he's so strong on the stick and for the most part, he wins the puck battles."

"No matter where it is, I like to compete in those areas," Chara said of the gritty area he likes to control down low and create havoc. "However the coaching staff decides to use me, I’m fine with that. Right now we are trying different looks on the power play."

"Well, obviously it’s been pretty good for us in the preseason, the power play, I think we just need to stay sharp and keep working on it in practice," added Lucic. "Who I think the best thing is our puck movement is a lot better, I think there’s confidence in making those good passes and guys are shooting the puck when they have the opportunity as well."

Seidenberg has shown flashes of his offense, but he doesn't necessarily consider himself one to jump into the play as much as, say, Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug.

"The coaches always want us to join and support the rush, but you see all the young guys, Krug jumping up and you want to keep up and show what you can do as well," said the veteran blueliner, more known for his logged minutes, heavy hits and corner battles, and shot-blocking that comes to the forefront during the postseason.

"For whatever reason, it's working right now, so we just need to do it in the regular season as well."

And maybe the 'young guys' are rubbing off on him?

"Yeah, I mean, you always look around and see what the young guys are doing better, or what you can do better," smiled Seidenberg. "And obviously, those guys are very skilled offensively and you want to do the same. You can always work on it."

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