Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg
celebrated his 400th career NHL game in style on Tuesday night.
The German-born blueliner shot the puck that teammate Mark Recchi tipped past Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller and gave the Boston Bruins a 3-2 overtime victory.
"[Recchi] had a perfect screen in front of the net," said Seidenberg. "I shot and he just crossed in front of [Ryan] Miller and it just went off the side of his pants and went in."
For a few moments, however, play continued as the puck came out of the goal as fast as it went in. On the next whistle, Video replay showed the puck clearly hit the back of the net.
"I wasn’t sure, but I thought it was in," said Seidenberg. "I was just hoping for a quick whistle so we could look at it and call it a goal."
"Yeah, I knew it hit me, but yeah, just got a little piece," said Recchi. "I was just trying to get a good screen for [Seidenberg] and it was a great shot by him.
"It was a good PP. It was a good 4-on-3. We really did a good job. Our last power play was good too, finally, before the end of regulation.
"It was a good win for us. We weren’t as sharp as we’d like to [have] been, but it was good."
You've got to stay with it. If you get frustrated, that's when you start pressing more. - Mark Recchi
Seidenberg said that the B's were lucky to make it to the OT period.
"Yeah, I mean, in the first period, we didn’t really have a lot of energy," he said. "We just got kind of kept in our zone a lot.
"Then, I think in the last half of the first, we got going again. We scored that goal.
"But again we just have to come out more consistent and better in the first period and carry it over in the second and third," he said.
Seidenberg explained that the B's energy level dipped late in the game.
"We didn’t really come out flying in the third," said Seidenberg. "We kind of came out flat. We got scored on right away and thank God [Nathan Horton
] put that giveaway in.
"From then on, I think we got our game back and put pressure back on net.
"That’s a good way to start a three-game home stand."
"You’ve got to stay with it," added Recchi. "If you get frustrated, that’s when you start pressing more.
"It was a big win and we’ve got another big week this week. The Islanders come in Thursday and we’re going to have to be a lot sharper than we were tonight."