Seidenberg comes through with game-winner

Seidenberg comes through with game-winner
March 22, 2013, 11:00 am
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WINNIPEG -- He doesn’t often score goals, but when Dennis Seidenberg does light the lamp they normally come at important moments for the Bruins.

That was the case again on Thursday night as the German defenseman wobbled a puck from the right point that somehow found a path through battling bodies in front of the net and passed through a tiny opening between Robin Lehner’s pads for the game-winning goal.

“He hit the net. I think he told us he didn’t get all of it, but the fact that he got it on net with a lot of traffic in front after a big face-off win was important,” said Claude Julien. “We needed to muck it out tonight and we needed a goal like that in order to win the game.

“We’re hoping that we’re going in the right direction, but we really need to build on that third period.”

The score came after a Patrice Bergeron face-off win in the offensive zone in the final 90 seconds of the game, and a Zdeno Chara D-to-D pass from the left point to Seidenberg setting him up for a shot at the net. The goal was Seidenberg’s first goal in his 27th game of the season, and makes the 30-year-old defenseman the last Boston lineup regular to make it onto the goal-scoring ledger this season.

True to form, Seidenberg wasn’t patting himself on the back and looked at his personal achievement through the prism of what it meant to his team.

“We looked at our own effort tonight. We lost the last couple of games, but today was about executing and getting two points,” said Seidenberg, who was sporting the red rooster player of the game T-shirt following the win. “I’ll take every goal I can get it. It was a nice pass by 'Z' and I just tried to get it on net. The moment in the game was perfect.

“I don’t think [Robin Lehner] saw it at all. He just went down into the butterfly and the puck went in over his pad.”

There has been an overabundance of disappointed looks for the Bruins while blowing four third period leads since March 3, so Seidenberg’s goal with 1:04 left in the third period to win a game was a welcomed reversal to the trend. It also highlights a very solid season the German defenseman is having with eight points and a plus-9 while averaging upwards of 23 minutes per game while teaching 19-year-old Dougie Hamilton the ropes as his defensive partner.

“I don’t know anybody that wouldn’t take those two points at the end. Keeping it close and then making a play at the end was big for us,” said Seidenberg. “But we also gave up a lot of odd-man rushes and had a lot of breakdowns, so Khudobin had to make a few big stops.”

That’s just like Seidenberg: brutally honest. He's always been that way in his assessments and he's been tough on himself and his team with standards of excellence that several others on the Bruins would do well to start adopting as the schedule gets tougher. Then perhaps they’ll get rewarded by the hockey gods as Seidenberg was on Thursday night.