CHICAGO – It was an incredibly odd sight that was mostly overlooked in the final play in the triple overtime of Game 1: Dennis Seidenberg was tangled up with Andrew Shaw in the corner before Bryan Bickell dropped in and lowered the boom on the German defenseman.
Shaw then left the corner to move toward the front of the net, and Seidenberg started following him with the intent to battle for position in front of B’s goaltender Tuukka Rask. But Seidenberg inexplicably peeled back toward the corner to collect one of his hockey gloves left behind in the corner, and at that same time Michael Rozsival leveled a shot at the Boston net that bounced off both Dave Bolland and Shaw before hitting the back of the net.
Seidenberg played a team-high 48 minutes and 36 seconds in the Game 1 defeat, and said he didn’t have much of an explanation why he opted to retrieve his glove rather than jump back into the play. He admitted he even watched the play back a few times on video, and still didn’t have any good explanation for his actions.
“I don’t know what it was," said Seidenberg, who has an assist and a plus-6 rating in 13 playoff games this spring. "I obviously looked at it [on video] and thought about it afterward. [I was] like ‘What did I just do?’ "
Still, he's not sure it would have changed the outcome of the play.
"Would it have mattered if I hadn’t picked it up, because I was hit and on the ground and they had me beat to the net. I don’t know if it could have changed anything, but there’s no way we’ll ever find out. So there’s no reason lose any thoughts about it, or get down on yourself.”
The best guess from this address? Seidenberg and the Bruins were deep into the third overtime and a difficult cocktail of exhaustion and dehydration likely turned the defenseman into a fatigued skater simply existing on autopilot. While it’s unclear whether Seidenberg could have sufficiently covered Shaw or knocked him out of position in front of the net, he admitted on Friday the thought had crossed his mind over the last 48 hours.
“I thought about it after, and definitely wondered what might have happened if I didn’t pick up the glove,” said Seidenberg. “But it’s tough to say. We feel confident that we’re going to play a more consistent game over three periods [in Game 2 and beyond]. If we do that then we think we’re going to be fine.”
Along with great consistency, there’s also a pretty good chance Seidenberg won’t go chasing after his glove if it’s lost in the corner during an overtime scramble in the defensive zone.