- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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WASHINGTON -- Don't ask Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to talk about himself, or try to explain why he plays so well in big games, especially in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Leave that to Bruins coach Claude Julien.
"He's been a guy who has always been good in the playoffs, even before he came to us," Julien said. "He's a big-game player and has been known as a big-game player and he continues to show that."
The defensive combination of Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara completely frustrates opponents and was a major factor in the Bruins' Stanley Cup title last season. Chara gets a lot of credit, which he should, but Seidenberg deserves plenty of praise, too, for his play in all areas of the ice.
"Zdeno is as good as you'll get as a defenseman, but when it comes to playoff time, Seids isn't that far behind him, if at all," Julien said. "He's been a really good player for us, a real force, he's physical and he's loving these kinds of challenges. He thrives on it and you need those kinds of players to succeed."
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