Saturday, April 30, 2011
Seidenberg showing his worth
By James Murphy
PHILDELPHIA -- On Friday, Germany pulled off a huge upset at the World Championships in Slovakia beating Russia 2-0. Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was thrilled to learn of his countrymen’s big win, but didn’t seem to mind not being a part of it.
“Very surprising and I heard they played a really good game,” a smiling Seidenberg said after the Bruins 7-3 Game 1 win in which Seidenberg had two assists. “I heard that they weren’t really that lucky and that they played really solid and they played really hard. But I’m very happy to be here.”
Seidenberg, who now has a goal and three assists in the playoffs, is enjoying every moment of the postseason. Seidenberg had to watch the playoffs from the press box last spring as his team beat Buffalo in six games but blew a 3-0 series lead and lost in seven to the Flyers in the second round.
“It’s been fun and like I said before, I was sitting up there just being really uncomfortable just being able to watch,” Seidenberg said. “Being able to play now and help the team is just a lot of fun and a good experience. Playoffs is a fun time and everybody’s energized again so it’s fun playing.”
Head coach Claude Julien also sees Seidenberg’s game coming together at the right time.
“Well he was really again solid for us tonight,” Julien said. “I liked his game. He was solid, he was physical, he was strong, and give him credit. He set up some of the goals that we scored early in the game. He was pinching, and he did a great job of pinching, carrying the puck behind the net, and made a great play from there on in.
But he’s been a pretty good player for us all year, and there’s no doubt we missed him through the playoffs all last year. But he’s showing his worth right now, and we’re happy to have him.”
Seidenberg is also enjoying playing with Zdeno Chara, who he was originally paired with when he was traded to Boston from Florida at the 2009 NHL trade deadline. The two have been reunited again in the playoffs and Seidenberg likes the chemistry.
“It’s been seamless from last year when we played together and this year it’s been great again,” Seidenberg said of his blue line partner. “It’s been easy and a good transition and it’s been working out well.”
For the rest of the series to work out well, Seidenberg said the Bruins just have to do what they did Saturday and that’s play their game and not worry about what the Flyers do.
“We were focused on playing our game and not what they do,” Seidenberg said. “Sticking to our game plan and staying with it for the most part. That’s what we have to do and if we do it, we’ll be fine.”