TD Bank
Features
 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Seidenberg's Heroics Were a Bright Spot

Thursday, 04.26.2012 / 12:43 AM ET / Features
By Anthony Gulizia  - BostonBruins.com
X
Share with your Friends


Seidenberg\'s Heroics Were a Bright Spot
false

BOSTON, MA – With a little under eight minutes left in Game 7 and the score tied 1-1, Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was without his stick as he tried to help kill a Washington Capitals power play.

Getting off the ice wasn’t an option. Instead, the Bruins veteran defenseman occupied the shooting lane and kicked away a pass from Mike Green, which was on it’s way to a cocked-and-ready Alex Ovechkin.

“I saw Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] winding up for a [blocked] shot and most of the times they are looking for the winger, I think it was [Alexander] Ovechkin,” Seidenberg recalled. “And we are watching a lot of video and we know their tendencies and all you do is try to keep yourself in a shooting lane and try and block that shot and that’s what happened, I got lucky.”

The play preserved the B’s chance to keep the season alive, but only until Joel Ward buried a rebound 2:57 into overtime to give the Capitals a 4-3 victory and a ticket to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

In a matter of seconds, Seidenberg’s play epitomized the warrior-like effort he put forward in the 2012 playoffs.

In seven games, Seidenberg landed 29 hits (most of them on Ovechkin) and blocked 16 shots, including five in Game 7.

“Dennis has been good for us in all the playoff series from the past, and, again, this one here,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said. “As I said, he’s such a well-tuned athlete and in great shape, and you can’t tire him out. He plays big, he plays strong, and he loves those kinds of challenges. So, you know, it’s unfortunate, we probably needed more players like him.”

Seideneberg and Bruins captain Zdeno Chara were tasked with slowing down Ovechkin and his linemates Brooks Laich and Troy Brouwer, and did so effectively despite the outcome of the series.

That said, the Bruins defensive efforts were flexed throughout the entire series, as every game in was decided by one goal – the first time that’s happened in NHL history.

“We totally took them serious,” Seidenberg said. “We knew how explosive they are offensively and how solid they are defensively. 

“They were set to play a solid game, they seem to take out speed away pretty well all throughout the ice and that’s what made it hard for us to penetrate on the outside or even to the middle with speed into their offensive zone.”

Undoubtedly, disappointment was spread around the B’s locker room after the loss.

But when pressed on the entire outlook of the season, Seidneberg was able to pull the positives.

“I mean you always keep rolling with the team when you go through adversity,” Seidenberg said. “Especially like Zee [Zdeno Chara] said, we had tough times we battled through them.  The only thing you can take out of it is, you get an experience and hope to do better the next time it comes around, so that’s about it.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 81 23 32 2 55
L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
C. Kelly 80 7 21 6 28
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
Hallmark Health System
BRUINS FAN POLL
 
Friendly's - Official Family Restaurant and Ice Cream of the Boston Bruins
Jack Links
NHL Ticket Exchange
Dunkin' Donuts Perks   AMI Graphics   Geico - Aim for savings

Click the instant ticket and enter to win Second Chance Drawings