BOSTON -- Dennis Seidenberg is still wondering exactly what the heck happened for Nick Foligno to completely lose his mind out on the ice on Saturday night.
The Columbus Blue Jackets forward was slapped with an unsportsmanlike conduct minor and a 10-minute misconduct with less than two minutes to go in Boston’s 3-1 win over Columbus when he went after the mild-mannered defenseman.
An incensed Foligno dropped the gloves looking to fight the German defenseman at the end of the second period, and then chased him around the ice when Seidenberg wouldn’t engage with the Bruins holding a 2-0 lead.
The referees separated the two players, and then Foligno went straight toward Seidenberg once again with a clear message on his mind. The Bruins were awarded a power play after the strange sequence, and Seidenberg was at a loss about what seemed like a routine hockey play following the win. He felt it all stemmed from him bracing for a collision with Foligno on a 50/50 puck battle, and apparently the Columbus forward didn’t like the routine body contact with the Bruins defenseman.
Video replays just showed some good body contact between two guys battling for a puck. Perhaps it was Foligno trying to spark his downtrodden hockey club.
“He was coming down on me, and I’ve got to brace myself a little," Seidenber said. "I don’t think it was dirty or anything, but he just didn’t feel like it was right and wanted to fight me. We were in on a power play, so in that case . . . we were up so it didn’t really make sense really to fight.
“When a forward is there and he sees you coming, he waits for you and puts his shoulder into you. So it always happens, but I don’t know why he got so mad. It’s just something that happens in a game and that’s all.”
At the end of the day all that mattered is Seidenberg played a productive hockey game with 19:40 of ice time, registering three shots on net and a pair of blocked shots in the victory.