BOSTON, MA --
Asked about defenseman Dennis Seidenberg
's game-winning goal from the red line, a simple shot that seemed to bounce and change direction on its way past Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said, "We'll take it."
But Seidenberg's skipping shot from center ice helped make the B's first outing back from the All-Star break a success despite a very disjointed first 40 minutes of hockey on Tuesday night.
"Well we were hesitant, we didn’t play a clean game," said Seidenberg, whose goal at 7:09 of the third period gave Boston a permanent lead. "We kept turning pucks over, and that just played in their hands.
"The third period we decided to be the aggressors and that ended up well for us. We scored a few goals and somehow we ended up winning."
Seidenberg's explanation of his long shot was just as simple as the intent - to get the puck on the goal.
"Well it was kind of a riser, I don’t know if it was a lucky bounce but the way it came off my stick it bounced off the ice and was kind of bouncing off the ice and it was tough for him to handle and somehow went in," said Seidenberg. "I mean when you do those kind of plays like I did in the first period, you try to get a lucky rebound that comes out on the other side.
"But [as far as] me thinking that’s going in, I didn’t think about that I just tried to get it in and get a forecheck going."
Seidenberg might have been surprised by the goal, but his head coach didn't seem so.
"He almost had another one earlier in the game," said Julien. "I think it was in the first period.
"He took a shot, and the puck just took a hop. It’s funny, but when he took the shot at the net, I looked closely, because somehow, you know, you had that feeling that it would be an interesting shot, and the puck seems to just take a quick bounce both times that he shot it from the red line."
Anderson described the shot in the same way.
"It took a one bouncer and then, yeah, it hit my stick and went in," he said. "It’s just one of those things where I have to make the save and at the same time it took a crazy bounce."
That crazy bounce had Seidenberg's teammates chuckling.
"Well we’re very excited, we kind of laugh about it and you get excited, you don’t expect it to happen very often but when they go in they’re nice," said Brad Marchand
who agreed that there's no such thing as a bad shot on goal.
"No not at all, especially when it’s late in the game anything can happen. When the ice gets chippy and bouncy, anything can be a dangerous shot," said.
Bruins goalie Tim Thomas
added, "If it makes [Anderson] feel any better I’ve let in ones from a lot further away than that.
"And you know, it’s hockey, it was one of those bounces."
Thomas' All-Star teammate, Zdeno Chara
-- who won the NHL's Hardest Shot competition with a 108.8 MPH blast -- had the definitive word on Seidenberg's shot.
"I told him it was 110 (MPH)," he said.