Redden shows his offensive side in tough loss

Redden shows his offensive side in tough loss
April 24, 2013, 3:45 pm
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PHILADELPHIA, PA -– If there were any positives to take out of a truly grotesque loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night, it might have been the quality play of new defenseman Wade Redden.

The veteran blue-liner patiently waited for his turn after arriving in Boston via trade with the St. Louis Blues on April 3, but it took two weeks before the 35-year-old defenseman got into the Black and Gold lineup. Redden suited up for his third game for Boston in Tuesday night’s 5-2 loss, and potted his first-career goal with the Bruins while showing that he’s still got some offensive ability.

That’s a key point for a guy like Redden, who finished with three shots on net and three blocked shots while skating 18:35 of ice time. His goal was a simple hustle play where Redden crashed the net knowing Jaromir Jagr was going to shoot on the curl-and-drag, and the defenseman popped a Steve Mason rebound over the goal line, which was held up by video review.

With it, it appears Redden is in a dog fight with Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton for the sixth and final defenseman spot once the playoffs begin, every show of the strength in his game helps.

“I don’t look at it like [an audition],” said Redden. “When you’re in there you want to keep everyone game-ready, and there are a lot of different variables when they’re deciding about the lineup. You just need to be ready, and ready to go.”

Granted Redden also fell asleep in the defensive end in the third period, leading to Philadelphia's fifth and final backbreaking goal for Simon Gagne when he got behind Dennis Seidenberg just 13 seconds after David Krejci had taken back some momentum with a goal of his own.

“It wasn’t a good effort by our team. You can look at all of the goals against for us, and there are plays that we need to be better on. We need to be harder in certain areas,” said Redden. “It’s going to have to change right away."

“There are certain times during a game where you want to be good on, and twice tonight we didn’t do that. That was a big difference right there.”

Some Bruins players like Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton can hold their head high after Tuesday night’s loss because of the effort they gave. Aside from one mistake, Redden should be considered in that category as well.