Just two games into his NHL career, Dougie Hamilton is making great strides with the Boston Bruins. Due to the loss of Dennis Seidenberg for the day, Hamilton played a much bigger role for the B’s on Monday afternoon answering the bell when called upon.
Hamilton had three shots on net and added three hits versus the Winnipeg Jets on Monday afternoon. He did much more than that though. “Dougie” was called upon on the power-play and penalty kill as well as playing alongside “big brother” Zdeno Chara. Hamilton received a lot of playing time during the Monday matinee getting 23:27 of ice time. The 19-year-old is getting plenty of run early and will be called upon in most key situations because his maturity, physicality and puck movement ability is that of an NHL veteran, not that of a 19-year-old.
The penalty kill was the difference in the game for the B’s on this afternoon. The Winnipeg Jets went 0-for-4 with the man advantage including a 4-on-3 in overtime that the Bruins killed off which led to their 2-1 shootout victory and Dougie Hamilton was in the middle of it all.
More after the jump including video of Dougie’s postgame interview with the media
Goaltender Tuukka Rask really appreciated his defense not only in this game, but the opener as well.
“Good job, I think,” Rask said. “First game and this game, I think our defense did a great job. Getting that puck out and blocking those shots today. We missed Seids (Dennis Seidenberg) and you need new guys to step up and they did.”
Hamilton talked after the game on how his team has been behind him every step of the way.
“Yeah, just play and I think they’ve kind of said don’t worry about making mistakes,” Hamilton said. “Play your game. That’s what I’ve got to try to do and just try to get comfortable and get used to and just try to not get scored on and learn to make good plays.”
Hamilton also admitted his chemistry with Chara isn’t perfect, but it will be once the two play more shifts together.
“Yeah, it was good I think for our first time together pretty much,” Hamilton said. “We didn’t practice together or anything and that’s pretty tough to have chemistry right away, but I thought we did pretty well.”
Hamilton has only two games under his belt for his NHL career and he is starting to calm down and just play the way he knows how.
“Yeah, a little bit more comfortable now,” Hamilton said. “I think I’m just trying to get into the game more and relax and I guess play my game. I’m just trying to do my best.”