In a week where the Boston Bruins went on a crucial three-game road trip against teams chasing them in the Eastern Conference, the team managed to score only five goals while squeaking out just one win. However, Dennis Seidenberg continued to produce on both ends of the ice, which is why he is this week’s Bruins Daily Player of the Week.
Seidenberg was the owner of the “Red Rooster” shirt after netting the game-winning goal in Ottawa – his first of the season – with a minute left that lifted the B’s to a 2-1 victory over the Senators. On Saturday, he doubled his goal total when he lit the lamp against the Toronto Maple Leafs and scored in consecutive games for the third time in his career.
The “German Hammer” has two goals and seven assists on the year while sporting a plus-8, but his physicality and hockey IQ are the reasons why he is a spectacular defenseman. The workhorse averages 23:29 of ice time per night, good for second on the team behind captain Zdeno Chara.
If one cannot thank Peter Chiarelli for this trade then something is wrong. Two years ago, the Bruins acquired Seidenberg and Matt Bartkowski for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and Alexander Petrovic. That trade paid dividends as Seidenberg was one of the key components to the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship.
At age 31, Seidenberg is in his fourth year with the Bruins and he has brought nothing but toughness, smarts and skills while on the ice.
Seidenberg has been working on the Bruins’ top power-play unit as of late, but it is a move that head coach Claude Julien, who thinks his shooting has been inconsistent this season, doesn’t expect to last. But the stats say otherwise over the past couple of games while the team needs a spark somewhere. Maybe its time for Claude to keep Seidenberg on the top power play unit, at least for the time being.
What stands out most for Seidenberg is how he excels at every little thing in his game. It is also why he is (still) one of the most underrated defensemen in the National Hockey League.
Here are Seidenberg’s two goals this week courtesy of NHL video center.