– To put it simply, Dennis Seidenberg
is a competitor and the numbers prove it.
Last season, the Bruins defenseman only missed one regular season game and played in all 25 postseason contests.
That said, Seidenberg was pleased he was able to return against the New York Rangers Sunday after missing two games because of an infection in a cut on his left knee.
“I was very anxious to get back in the lineup,” Seidenberg said. “As I’ve said many times before, I hate watching games.
"It just makes me miserable, and just to be part of the team again is something that makes it so much fun.”
Just 4:00 into the second period, the Bruins blueliner put a stamp on his return when he ripped a slap shot
past Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to tie the game at 1-1.
The goal effectively erased Marian Gaborik's first-period tally, which gave New York an early lead.
“I think even after that first goal, it seemed like it gave us some life and we kept going,” Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron
Bergeron and his linemates Tyler Seguin
and Brad Marchand
took it upon themselves to keep the momentum going and produced the winning goal seven minutes later – a power play goal
scored by No. 37.
“I think all three of us down there, we kept battling,” Bergeron said. “We didn’t want the puck to get out of the zone so we kept reaching and put [out] our sticks to find a way to get the puck there and then the puck got turned over and I just got lucky. But I thought it was a great effort by all three of us to be resilient.
“That second goal was huge for us to get the lead and we did a good job of playing with it and we knew that they’re a team that can keep coming at us and I think we really did the little things tonight to win and it was good to see.”
With the win, the Bruins (47-28-4, 98 points) clinched the Northeast division title and beat the Rangers for the first time in four games this season.
“Well, it was a very physical game – both very good [defensive] teams,” Seidneberg said. “Both teams were playing to wait and see who made the first mistake, and we were on. We kept staying with the game plan – didn’t crack like the first three matchups we had and that gave us the win.”