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    Former Bruins leave their mark in first round of the playoffs

    Tim Rosenthal April 29, 2015

    Throughout the postseason, Bruins Daily will highlight how former Bruins are faring with their new team(s) in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This week, we recap how ex-B’s fared in the first round of their respective series.

    Johnny Boychuk – Faced with a difficult task of defending against Alex Ovechkin, Boychuk held his own and almost lifted the Islanders to a first round upset over the Capitals. The former Bruin notched two assists in the Isles seven-game series loss to the Caps, and helped the team provide a memorable moment in Game 6 in what turned out to be the final contest at the Nassau Coliseum.

    The Islanders will play their first season in Brooklyn in the fall and after signing his seven-year contract before the end of the regular season, it’s safe to say that Boychuk will be a vital part of the team’s future at the Barclays Center.

    Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart – The Jets were swept by the Ducks in the first round, and Stuart and Wheeler combined to tally three points in four games. These two helped Winnipeg exceed expectations, though, and they’ll try to help the upstart Jets back into the playoffs in 2015-16.

    Matt Hunwick – After tallying a series low 9:44 of ice time in Game 3 of the Rangers’ series against the Penguins, Hunwick saw an increased role in Games 4 and 5 as he saw his time on ice increase to a hare over 16 minutes each game. He may not make the biggest impact for the Rangers this postseason, but his role in the bottom six still be key when faced with the task of matching up against the third and fourth lines of the Capitals in the second round.

    Joe Colborne – The Bruins’ first round pick of the 2008 Draft held his own in the bottom six during the Flames’ six-game series win over the Canucks. Calgary hopes to get that same production from Colborne and the third and fourth lines when they face the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference semis.

    Dennis Wideman – A notable omission from our first update, Wideman has done a remarkable job with the Flames in solidifying their blue line for the injured Mark Giordano.

    Sure, Wideman didn’t have a spectacular end to his tenure in Boston during the 2009-10 season as he was widely ridiculed during one of his worst seasons as a professional. He was traded to the Panthers for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell that summer and then moved to the Capitals at the trade deadline in 2011. After a year and a half in Washington, Wideman landed in Calgary in 2012 and hasn’t looked back.

    After notching a career-high 56 points during the 2014-15 regular season, Wideman picked up right where he left off. The 32-year-old blue-liner tallied four assists in the Flames’ first round win over the Canucks in six games.

    Kris Versteeg – Versteeg only notched one goal during the Blackhawks’ six-game series victory over the Predators in Round 1. He wasn’t a liability by any means, but Chicago is going to need him to step up in round two when they have the tough task of facing Devan Dubnyk and the rest of the red-hot Minnesota Wild.

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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.


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