Bruins fans always rave about Zdeno Chara and the amount of ice time he plays on a given night and deservedly so, but in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Dennis Seidenberg was a beast- leading all B’s skaters with an eye-popping 48:36 of total ice time. He only trailed Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks by a measly four seconds for most ice time on the night.
Not only was Seidenberg out there, he was matched up against Patrick Kane for most of the night which is not an easy task.
Seidenberg was physical, diving in front of pucks and doing everything he had to to put the Black and Gold in the best position to win.
He played a key part in the B’s penalty kill when the Blackhawks had a 5-on-3 and played 3:18 on the man-disadvantage.
Seidenberg blocked nine shots on the night and was an intricate part of the B’s defense and has been all season long.
He is very under-appreciated. When you think of the B’s defense, you immediately think of Zdeno Chara, but Seidenberg is a very sound player on the defensive end.
As Chara, Seidenberg is matched up with the opposing team’s top players and last night it was for over 48 minutes. Do we understand how tough that must be?
He may not be the defensemen that scores goals, but he is the defensemen that will knock you over.
The B’s penalty kill has been great all season long and Seidenberg is one of the reasons why. He did not take credit for the success though.
As Seidenberg nursed himself back from injury during the Rangers series, many people thought the B’s were in trouble because of his absence. Yes, Krug and Bartkowski stepped up, but in this series it is a different animal. Seidenberg is one of those guys that you count on for these type of nights.
He is big, strong and tough as you saw Wednesday night in Game One. He is not afraid to put his body on the line.
Seidenberg will be on the ice a lot for the Black and Gold. Let’s just hope it is not for another 48 minutes in Game Two.
If you are an avid B’s fan, you know Seidenberg has been doing this for the last three years and this is not out of the norm.