Seidenberg's return stabilizes Bruins defense

Seidenberg's return stabilizes Bruins defense
November 29, 2013, 7:15 pm
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BOSTON -- In a testament to Dennis Seidenberg’s abilities as a player, he returned to the lineup after missing four games with a lower body injury and led the Bruins with 24:43 of ice time in Friday’s matinee win.

Seidenberg finished as a minus-1 for the game while paired with Dougie Hamilton, but provided the kind of stabilizing defense and veteran presence that was missed over the last week plus of games. He generated five shot attempts and had four of them blocked while simply looking to get into the swing of things now that he’s again healthy enough to return to the lineup.

Best of all, Seidenberg and the Bruins took the 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in the Thanksgiving Showdown at TD Garden.

“It felt good. It was nice to be back on the ice playing with the guys,” said Seidenberg. “The best thing that is we got a win. I skated the last few days to make sure that I was fine to play, and that was the case.”

Was there any tentativeness on the German defenseman’s part in his first game back after sitting out 10 days?

“Not at all…they’re a big team, they like to grind it out in our zone,” said Seidenberg. “They're strong and they're hard to play against because they are physical. They are on top of you and you can't really hesitate too much.”

The return of both Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid – who had both missed the last few weeks with lower body injuries – finally got the B’s defensemen pairs back to normal with Matt Bartkowski as the spare defenseman.

“[McQuaid] and [Dennis] Seidenberg today kind of gave us the opportunity to kind of get our pairs back together where they’re a little bit more comfortable,” said Claude Julien. “I think it’s not just Adam, but also Seidenberg being in there kind of stabilized [the defense] a little bit more.”