BOSTON -- There are parts of the ice where some players fear to tread.
The area near the start of the blue paint is one of those places where physical harm can come to someone who not only skates past it but stops there. It takes a certain type of courage to set up shop too near the opposition's goaltender.
Now that Boston Bruins forward Carl Soderberg has shaken off the rust from a lengthy injury absence and gotten comfortable playing in North America, he has proven to be one of those fearless types that's willing to "get dirty," as the parlance goes.
"Yeah, you got to," Soderberg said. "But still in front of the net, you score goals and get points. So it's important to have players who go to the net. And I want to be one of them."