Injured B's blueliners 'a possibility' for Game 2

Injured B's blueliners 'a possibility' for Game 2
May 17, 2013, 2:30 pm
Share This Post
(USA Today Sports Images)

BOSTON – While the Three Little Baby Bears managed to seamlessly jump into the lineup for Game 1 against the New York Rangers on Thursday night, there are also a group of veteran defensemen that the Bruins may be getting back at some point in the second round series.

While Andrew Ference was still wearing the protective boot on his left foot while watching Game 2 from the ninth floor of the TD Garden on Thursday night, Claude Julien said there’s a “possibility” at least one of Ference (foot), Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) or Wade Redden (undisclosed) could return for Sunday’s Game 2 at the Garden.

“It’s a little early to say,” said Julien. “It is two days off, and two days in the playoffs makes a big difference as far as getting guys back. There’s a possibility [of a return], that much I can say. Whether they will or not is too early to say right now.”

The question now becomes how healthy any of these three banged up defensemen will be, and balancing that against the fresh, energetic, young skating legs flashed by Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton in sparking the transition game and B’s power play on Thursday night.

Both Hamilton and Krug factored into the scoring and the power play, and Bartkowski led them all with 26 minutes of fast-paced, physically intense hockey.

“There’s no doubt our transition game last night was good,” said Julien. “Whether it was because of [the young defensemen], or whether it was because of our game, they did exactly what they had to do. That’s why I commend them for doing such a great job.

“They didn’t sit on their heels, they didn’t just freeze and try and move the puck standing still. They carried it when they had the ice. There’s no doubt that gave us a really good transition game [in Game 1]. Whether some of the [injured guys] come back or not, we’ve got to keep doing the same thing.”

There’s no doubt the injured B’s blue-liners will be back as soon as they can, but perhaps now there’s a little competition there if the young guns continue to perform with as much poise, maturity and contagious energy as they did during Game 1 vs. the Blue-shirts.