Seidenberg participates in B's practice

BOSTON -- Dennis Seidenberg, who tore both his ACL and MCL in late December and had surgery on Jan. 7, participated in his first team practice in four months Tuesday.

Bruins coach Claude Julien tried to downplay his return, but it appeared to be an indication that Seidenberg could possibly play again this season if the Bruins go deep in the playoffs.

Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron called it an “emotional boost” to have Seidenberg on the ice with his teammates.

“I think they’re happy to see him come on the ice with us,” Julien said. “Everybody’s focused on the playoffs here, and he’s just skating with us and doing everything that has no contact. It’s more to get him out of boredom. We want to give him the opportunity to make some plays and passes with a little bit of traffic around him, too. We thought it was a good time for him. He’s strong enough with his skating that he can jump to that level right now.”