Seidenberg key in Bruins third-period success

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Seidenberg key in Bruins third-period success

Sometimes it takes a period or two for a hockey coach to recognize who his hot hands are, and thats exactly what happened in Tuesday nights three-goal comeback with Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.

The German defenseman was solid throughout the eventual 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Rangers at TD Garden, but Seidenberg had his number called quite a bit by Claude Julien in the third period as he responded favorably to the increased duty. Seidenberg was also inserted back into the Bruins power play in the third period in place of rookie Dougie Hamilton, and helped produce two of the Bs scores in the stunning last-minute comeback.

He was having a good game. I really felt he was playing very well. He seemed to be willing to shoot that puck, so we put him back there on the power play and gave him that opportunity, said Claude Julien. Its just about getting a feel about what youre seeing form your bench and from your team on specific nights. He was good tonightI thought he was a real good player for us. He was probably our best defenseman tonight.

Befitting Bostons best defenseman Seidenberg led the Bruins with 26:52 of ice time in the extra session game, led the Bruins with a plus-2 and finished with a pair of assists while admitting after the game he was feeling pretty good.

Its hard to explain but I felt like I had my really good skating legs moving around out there, said Seidenberg, who had only a single assist in eight games this season entering Tuesday nights loss to the Rangers. We had a lot of pressure going on. When we get pucks to the net with bodies there anything can happen, and thats what we did.

It was the first goal in the third period that keyed the whole comeback, and actually arrived a second after the Boston power play had expired. But the PP unit was still on the ice and that meant Seidenberg was out there after Julien had slotted him back into the special teams crew.

The German defenseman cranked a shot from the right point that Milan Lucic redirected from the slot area in front of the net. Henrik Lundqvist kicked the puck out toward his left right to David Krejci, and the center slipped a shot past the Rangers goaltender to get the blood pumping for the Black and Gold.

They scored to make it 3-0. What I said to our players once we got that first goal, you know, I was saying there was over 10 minutes left and the guys were saying listen its about getting a goal every five minutes, said Claude Julien. Its very doable and they believe in themselves. They just kept at it. We had some chances before we scored, but they just believe that they can do it.

All of that belief started with Seidenberg helping to finish off a play midway through the third period in one of his understatedly dominant performances for the Black and Gold, and the rest was history once the Bruins got rolling in their third period.

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.


 

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.

Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.

Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.

Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.

“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”

Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game:

Marchand-Bergeron-Vatrano

Schaller-Krejci-Pastrnak

Spooner-Nash-Backes/Hayes

Blidh/Beleskey-Moore-Czarnik

 

Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

Morrow-Liles

 

Rask

McIntyre