Although being dead last in the NHL with an average of 2.32 goals-for per game — and fourth in goals-against — one of the issues that needed to be addressed for this Bruins team was on the blue-line. And in the wake of this NHL trade deadline, this became evermore apparent for Boston.
After being acquired from Florida some 30 hours prior to game time, Dennis Seidenberg made his Bruins debut with a stellar performance on the blue-line.
“I thought he played great.” said Johnny Boychuk, who scored the Bruins’ second goal of the game. “…he is a great player and even though he is playing his off side, I think he is used to it. He didn’t look out of place at all over there.”
Seidenberg jumped in, with very little practice with his new teammates, and logged the most even-strength ice time of any player for the Black-and-Gold last night with 20:34. The 6’1″ 210 lb. Seidenberg finished with 25:35 of total ice time, while adding nearly three minutes of of power play time, and over two minutes on the short hand. Exactly what was expected of him and almost the exact same scenario as his tenure in Florida. So it was no real surprise that the veteran joined his new squad with relative ease, despite the lack of on-ice time prior to the 3-2 shootout victory over the Maple Leafs last night.
“Well, the main thing is you just got to keep it simple.” Seidenberg said after his winning debut in a Bruins uniform, and just one optional morning skate under his belt with the team. “You communicate as much as possible with your partner and try to talk to the other guys as much as possible on the ice and as long as you do that, you’re just fine.”
Last night, Seidenberg was paired with Zdeno Chara for the majority of the contest against the Division rival Maple Leafs. The two defensemen looked as if they instantly clicked in play, and in communication.