After defenseman Dennis Seidenberg
scored his first goal of the season in Friday’s 8-0 win over the Florida Panthers, he said that he was taking his shots and it was only a matter of getting that “lucky” bounce.
Just 58 seconds into overtime, Seidenberg raced towards Benoit Pouliot
’s off-line centering pass and chopped at it, to put the shot past Phoenix goaltender Jason LaBarbera to give the Bruins a 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
“The puck jumped on the high slot and all I was seeing was a guy in front of me,” Seidenberg said. “I was tying to get the puck by, and luckily it hit one of their guys and went in.”
The puck deflected off the stick of Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris, a former Bruins blueliner, and at first appeared as if Bruins forward Chris Kelly
tipped it in.
“I was just trying to get in front and create some kind of traffic,” Kelly said. “I couldn’t care less either way, if Seides scores that or I score that, we got the point.”
The win was the Bruins first overtime victory that wasn’t decided by a shootout, and it came in the B’s first game back from an extended, three-day holiday weekend.
Meanwhile, the goal from Seidenberg was his second in as many games, after being held scoreless for the first 32 games of the season.
“It feels good. We got the win at the end and after a pretty long lay off – coming back and winning a tight game, it’s always a good feeling,” Seidenberg said. “And when you score, it can’t get better.”
On the schedule, the match-up against Phoenix now looks like any other regular season game against a Western conference team. But for Seidenberg and the rest of the Bruins, it was a big win and more than an ordinary December victory.
“Every win is important, especially when you come off a longer break, you’re rusty,” Seidenberg said. “The ice wasn’t the best. I think we did a really nice job managing the puck, especially in the third, and getting more pucks to the net and putting pressure on their net.”---Anthony Gulizia