Fourteen different skaters registered points during the Boston Bruins 8-0 win over the Florida Panthers last Friday, with the most notable performance being Brad Marchand
’s five-point tear that earned him NHL First Star of the Week honors.
However, it was a break out night for B’s Dennis Seidenberg
, too, as the B's defenseman scored his first goal of the campaign on a slap shot from the blueline late in the first period to give his team a 4-0 lead.
“I tried a lot of shots up until now and to have that shot finally go in was a good feeling,” Seidenberg said after Friday’s win. “And I finally got that monkey off my back.”
Head Coach Claude Julien said he knew the drought was bothering his defenseman, and he was happy to see the puck hit the net.
“There’s no doubt it’s been bothering him,” Julien said after Friday's game. “If you look at last game, he had the open net and he hit the post and he just kind of, at one point, looked at me and said, ‘I don’t care, I just look at the hits at the end of the game now, never mind the goals.’ But [Friday], I’m sure he looked at the stat sheet and his goal in the goal column.”
According to Julien, there’s no way to tire Seidenberg ("a horse"), and his consistent work ethic is what makes him so valuable to the team.
“You just have to look back at the playoffs last year,” Julien said. “He was so good and like I said every night, for most of the games during the regular season, he’s got a real positive impact on the game.
"You can give him as much ice time as you want, and he can take it.”
Seidenberg will certainly take the goal, too. After the Bruins win, the players were free to enjoy three days rest over the holiday weekend.
The team returns with games on the road against Phoenix tomorrow and Arizona Saturday, and Seidenberg said he looks to continue his production.
“I’m getting my shots, it’s just a matter of getting a bounce here or there to get that lucky goal,” he said. “[Friday] was the game, and hopefully it will keep going.”--- Anthony Gulizia