May 4th, 2013 by

Dougie Hamilton ready for first career playoff action

Dougie Hamilton ready for first career playoff action

Due to Andrew Ference’s one-game suspension, rookie Dougie Hamilton will likely get his feet wet in his first career playoff game Saturday night at the TD Garden when the Bruins and Maple Leafs meet in Game 2.

Hamilton, who earned the “7th Player Award” after tallying five goals and 11 assists in 42 games, was a healthy scratch in Game 1 on Wednesday night. The Bruins are taking the same approach as they did to Tyler Seguin during their Stanley Cup run in 2011.

The postseason is much different from the regular season and Hamilton is about to find out tonight when he will pair with Game 1 hero Wade Redden as the B’s bottom defensive pair.

“You grow up watching the playoffs and dreaming about playing in the playoffs,” Hamilton said. “You remember a lot of the things you watched as a fan that happened during the playoffs. Hopefully I can bring some of that intensity tomorrow. It’s been like a little break from playing for me lately, and I’m excited to get back at it.”

Hamilton struggled down the stretch in the regular season where he was scratched six times in the team’s final nine contests. He tallied just two points in the final 10 games. And while head coach Claude Julien made the right decision having Hamilton watch from the press box, the first-year defenseman believes he has made strides all season long.

“I think I’m a lot better as a player and I’ve gotten a lot stronger over the course of the 42 games,” said the 19-year-old rookie. “I’ve learned the system and the NHL game. Obviously the game is going to be a lot more intense in the playoffs as everybody can see, but I’m looking forward to that.”

Hamilton is in a great situation being inside the B’s locker room where he can talk to and learn on the ice from Zdeno Chara. The Bruins captain mentored Hamilton all season long and it will be no different tonight assuming he takes the ice for his first career playoff contest.

Julien would not tip his hand on indicating whether or not Hamilton will get the nod, but all signs point that way.

“We’ve still got a lot of D’s available and a day to make the decision,” Julien said. “We mix and match a lot of the time, so it’s not much of an issue. There were a lot of players to look at and Dougie had played a lot of hockey.”

Julien does not care who steps in for Ference because he knows his players are ready for the challenge.

“I think he’s (Hamilton) played enough hockey to understand what’s at stake,” he said. “And we have no problem whether it’s him, Aaron Johnson or Matt Bartkowski in Providence.”

Looking for Boston Bruins Tickets for Game 2 tonight? TiqIq has you covered.

Share "Dougie Hamilton ready for first career playoff action" via

No comments yet.

Leave a reply

More in Playoff Central
Jan 20, 6 mins ago

Bruins’ road gets more difficult after two embarrassing losses

The trying times continue in Boston. At a point where his seat is hotter than it’s ever been following two disastrous losses against two of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference in the Red Wings and Islanders, Claude Julien is looking for a…

Jan 19, 2 days ago

Firing Julien may not be the right decision, but the inevitable decision

Is Claude Julien the Bruins biggest problem? No. Is Claude Julien one of the Bruins many problems? Yes. Despite sitting second in the Atlantic Division, eight points behind the now struggling Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins are in a world of hurt. Fam…

Jan 18, 2 days ago

What we learned: Bruins collapse as Julien rumors swirl

NBCSN’s “Wednesday Night Rivalry” from the “Joe” in Detroit. Two of the Original Six going at for the last time in the old barn at Joe Louis Arena. Mired among the bottom teams of the Eastern Conference, the Wings’ 25-year playoff str…