Tag:Dennis Seidenberg
Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:06 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 4:16 pm
 

Weekend Wrap: Nothing to Laich in Caps loss

By Brian Stubits

The Washington Capitals lost to the Bruins on Sunday on their home ice, 4-1.

As big of a loss as that is for the Caps, seeing Brooks Laich go down in the game is as big of a concern as anything for Washington right now.

In the second period, Laich was playing the puck behind the Bruins net when Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg delivered a check into the boards. It looked innocent enough but there was some contact on the play that pinned Laich's knee against the boards. Moments later he was being helped off the ice and down the tunnel toward the locker room without putting any pressure on his leg.

He came out during a television time out to test the knee but he couldn't go on. He left the arena with a brace on his knee and with the help of crutches.

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"I’m not a doctor, but with these things sometimes there’s some swelling ... But I don’t think it’s anything serious," Laich said after the game. "I'll get some ice on it and see how I feel when I wake up."

"He's day to day right now," Caps coach Dale Hunter said after the game. "We're just going to wait and see."

They better hope so. It's no secret that this season the Caps are in a dog fight just to make the playoffs. With the loss today, they remain out of the playoff seedings in the East at the moment. If they are going to sans Laich for any length of time, that makes things even tougher.

The Capitals already have a weakness up the middle with Nicklas Backstrom still on the sidelines since he was hit in the head by Rene Bourque. They can't afford to lose another center like Laich, who is one of their more consistent players and is a big piece for a team that hasn't been scoring much.

The good news for Washington is that despite the loss, they actually outshot an opponent on Sunday afternoon. They had 36 shots to the Bruins' 30, so there's that. Their pace of shooting has been way too low for well over a month now so that's a step in the right direction.

But they need to keep their fingers crossed Laich will be OK. He's a very underrated player for the Capitals, a solid two-way guy that probably every team in the NHL would like to have on their side.

With a win over the Canadiens on Saturday, normally you'd say a weekend split isn't bad. But depending on how Laich comes out of this, it could be.

Hit of the weekend

Watch Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik send Daniel Paille of the Bruins flying through the air at center ice.

I'm not sure it's 25 feet as the Penguins announcers says. I have a hunch they might have been dabbling in the art of hyperbole, something I do myself from time to time. But that still is probably the greatest hit in the history of hockey hits.

In this day and age you're not used to seeing the Bruins players acting as the ragdolls, they're usually the ones doing the pushing.

Shootout shutdown

The Colorado Avalanche are historically good when it comes to the shootout. They just don't lose in the "skills competition." That was until Saturday.

On the season the Avs were 7-0 in shootouts. Go back to last season and the streak was 10 consecutive shootouts. For an event that is statistically close to a tossup, that's pretty remarkable.

Of course, all good things must come to an end. The Avalanche finally lost a shootout this Saturday to the division rival Vancouver Canucks, failing to score in their three attempts.

Their shootout success has been a big reason why the Avs are as close in the playoff picture as they are. Those are crucial points to be picking up. And while losing the extra point to the Canucks doesn't seem like the biggest thing in the world considering they likely aren't catching the reigning Western Conference champs in the Northwest, it is obviously critical in the hunt for that eighth spot.

What a game

Speaking of shootouts, the only other team this season who had yet to fall in a shootout also suffered the fate on Saturday.

Despite two goals from Todd Bertuzzi (his first was the 300th of his career), the Detroit Red Wings couldn't hold onto their late third-period lead against the Edmonton Oilers.

Of course Sam Gagner played a huge part in the Oilers effort. He scored a point on each of the Oilers' eight goals against the Blackhawks in Edmonton's last game and then he was in on each of the Edmonton's first three goals against Detroit.

While he didn't get in on the game-tying goal in the final minute for the Oilers to snap his streak, Gagner did tally a score in the shootout, helping the Oilers eventually prevail thanks to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' shootout goal in his first game back, giving the Red Wings their first shootout defeat.

It was one of the better games of the season, a very entertaining, back-and-forth game. Minus the shootout, it had everything most every hockey fan likes to see.

Hit of the weekend Part II

I'm not sure this can compete with the Orpik-on-Paille hit, but it's still worth watching. I mean, who doesn't love guys being dumped over the boards?

The Wild and Stars got together for a crucial game for the West playoff picture and at least this hit showed how big it was. Watch Jake Dowell get dumped over the boards and into the camera well by Jed Ortmeyer of the Wild.

I'd say that's as good as time as any for a line change.

Quote of the weekend

“It was a party. It’s always fun. It keeps you in the game. Who knows, though? The next game I might get 15 to 20 shots, and you have to be ready for that, too.” -- Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators goalie on facing 43 shots against the Blues. (from the Tennessean).

Only a goalie could think his team facing 43 shots in one game could be considered a party.

Then again, when you beat a division rival 2-1 and move second place in the ultra-competitive Central, well then it might feel pretty good.

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Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:04 pm
 

Dennis Seidenberg scores from center ice (video)

By: Adam Gretz

Craig Anderson has been a pleasant surprise for the Ottawa Senators this season as the veteran goaltender has helped backstop their surprising playoff push.

Tuesday night in Boston, however, did not provide one of his best (or luckiest) moments of the season during a 4-3 loss to the Bruins.

Just minutes after a Brad Marchand power play goal tied the game at three for Boston, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg scored what proved to be the game-winner as he stepped up to the red line and blasted an innocent looking slap shot from center ice. And somehow, it found a way to sneak past Anderson for a goal that he would no doubt love to have back.



There's really nothing else you can do there but chalk a lot of that up to luck. Good luck for the Bruins; bad luck for the Senators.

"I don't know if it was a lucky bounce or the way it came off of my stick," Seidenberg said. "It just seemed to bounce off the ice and kind of was rising up and it was tough to read I guess for him and somehow it went in."

Said Anderson, "It took a one-bouncer and it hit my stick and went in. Just one of those things where I've got to make the save but, at the same time it took a crazy bounce."

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Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:54 am
Edited on: October 19, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Reviewing Seidenberg's boarding call on Skinner

By Brian Stubits

Next up on the Brendan Shanahan radar of justice? Perhaps it will be Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.

Tuesday night's game -- if you want to call it that -- between the Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes got ugly. I mean that really got out of hand fast. It was so bad, even Boston coach Claude Julien was tossed. The only thing that could have made it more crazy would have been a goalie fight, but Cam Ward turned down Tuukka Rask's dance proposal.

Also thrown in the mix was Seidenberg's hit on Hurricanes young star Jeff Skinner in the third period.

I feel for Seidenberg a bit on this play. Skinner, as talented a skater and as creative as he can be, doesn't always do what you expect him to. In this example, you're assuming Skinner is going to continue skating around the end boards, right? Instead he flips the back back toward the slot with a backhand shovel and now Seidenberg is crawling up his back.

At the same time, I also understand why the Hurricanes would be a bit upset. You have to protect your skill players and any affront, clean or not, needs to be dealt with.

Much the same as Kris Letang's hit that earned him a two-game suspension, that's where I'd expect this one to come donw. Although there has been no word yet of even a scheduled meeting for Seidenberg, with the way things are going, I'd expect one.

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:41 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Adam McQuaid signs 3-year extension with Bruins

By: Adam Gretz

The last time Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid had his name in the news he was taking part in a dragon boat race with Kate Middleton, which came just weeks after he lifted the Stanley Cup. Not a bad start to the summer, and it ended up getting a little better on Thursday when he signed a three-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the 24-year-old defenseman made $550,000 last season and is set to make $600,000 this upcoming season.

Originally a second-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets, McQuaid has spent the past two seasons with Boston, appearing in 86 games and scoring four goals. He played in 23 of Boston's 25 postseason games on its way to the Stanley Cup, only sitting out when he was injured after flying head first into the boards when attempting to take a run at Philadelphia's Mike Richards.

At 6-foot-5, 205 pounds he can be an intimidating figure on the blue line and is more than willing to drop the gloves. According to hockeyfights.com he was involved in 12 fights last season, and usually ended up getting the better of his opponent.

With McQuaid signed for another four years (next season, plus the three years on the contract extension) Boston now has four members of its blueline under contract for at least the next two seasons: McQuaid, Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference.

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