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Seidenberg taking extra time to continue healing up

by Matt Kalman

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The decision to sit out Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers and not try to help the Boston Bruins complete a sweep last Thursday was difficult for Dennis Seidenberg.

But the veteran defenseman, who returned in time to aid Boston in its ousting of the Rangers in Game 5 Saturday, knows it was the right decision to rest his undisclosed injury another couple days rather than rink further damage.

"I wanted to play Game 4, obviously, but we talked to the coaching staff and the medical staff and we decided together that maybe it was best to hold out one more game and give it a couple more days. I think it was the right decision and, I mean, it was right at the end," Seidenberg said after he took part in an hour-long practice at Ristuccia Arena on Tuesday.

The Bruins hadn't skated for two days since eliminating the Rangers. Although they returned to practice, they still do not know when the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins will begin. The mysterious nature of the schedule and the time for rest to creep into the players' games isn't ideal, but there's still some room for Seidenberg's health to improve.

"Definitely, a little bit. There's a little bit of feeling still," he said. "But it's as good as I've felt and I'm happy about that."

A lot of the focus of the series against the Penguins will be on whether Seidenberg continues to form a shutdown pair with Zdeno Chara, and which of Pittsburgh's top lines Seidenberg and Chara would match up against. Seidenberg said he's savoring either challenge.

"Vancouver [in 2011] was [Henrik] Sedin or [Ryan] Kesler, so it doesn't really matter. If you want to win, you have to stop both of them or all of them because it's not just those two, it's three or four lines to play with and they're all explosive," Seidenberg said.

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