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Julien: ‘possibility’ injured d-men could be back Sunday

May 17, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

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A couple of days off couldn’t have come at a better time for the banged-up Bruins.

Per the Boston Globe, it’s possible one or more of the Bruins’ injured defensemen — Dennis Seidenberg (lower body), Andrew Ference (foot) or Wade Redden (undisclosed) — could be back in the lineup for Sunday’s Game 2 against the Rangers.

“A little early to say,” B’s head coach Claude Julien said today. “It is two days. And two days in the playoffs makes a big difference as far as getting guys back. There is a possibility. That much I can say. Whether it will or not, too early to say right now.”

Boston beat the Rangers, 3-2 in overtime, last night at TD Garden.

The Bruins’ depleted blue line meant a whopping 38:02 of ice time for captain Zdeno Chara, who also scored once and added an assist. No other Boston player came close to Chara in terms of ice time; Johnny Boychuk was second among d-men, at 26:55.

“The amount of time he’s played, and the players he’s played against,” said Julien in praise of Chara. “He continues to do that, and we appreciate that kind of play from him a lot. This is the kind of thing that you get from Zdeno, and tonight wasn’t any different.”

Per CSN New England, Julien was also very complimentary of the job done by the three young blue-liners, Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton.

“There’s no doubt our transition game last night was good,” said Julien. “Whether it was because of [the young defensemen], or whether it was because of our game, they did exactly what they had to do. That’s why I commend them for doing such a great job.

“They didn’t sit on their heels, they didn’t just freeze and try and move the puck standing still. They carried it when they had the ice. There’s no doubt that gave us a really good transition game [in Game 1]. Whether some of the [injured guys] come back or not, we’ve got to keep doing the same thing.”

  1. nunan - May 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Great! The young guys have played great but if they can at least get Seidenberg back, they are in business. He is a horse and their second best d-man. Redden is a good veteran presence to have available but I’m not going to miss him if he’s scratched. And Ference is all heart so I won’t complain if he replaces one of the young guys but I do enjoy the way Krug and Bart rush the puck. Bs need some of that. Seidenberg is key though. Get the Chara-Seidenberg combo back together and it’s going to be pretty difficult for the Rangers to generate enough offense to win games.

    • lordstanley65 - May 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      Yup! I’d love to see Bart log more time though. He’s really playing well,and this type of experience will make him an asset for us for years.

      • lordstanley65 - May 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        But whom do you sit?

  2. jcmeyer10 - May 17, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Keep the kids in! Let Sides back in the roation and have Krug as the seventh guy. I just like these kids who have a pep in their step.

    It really adds a wrinkle to Juliens gameplan that has not been there in a while.

  3. nhloon - May 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Yea these young guys move the puck way faster, however, they do give up size and grit. I’d like to see them get similiar time Sunday and put the biscuit in the basket

    • jcmeyer10 - May 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Krug played the body on Nash like a grizzled vet. I know size matters but who cares if they play the game right.

    • nunan - May 17, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      I think having Seids back is obviously an upgrade in grit and size, nevermind shutdown ability. He needs to be in there. But Krug and Bartkowski are really no different in size than Ference or Redden and they have much more speed and offensive ‘pop’ so I would be willing to see one of them in there over the two vets, especially Redden. People undervalue Ference IMO though. He’s all heart and shows up in the playoffs. Chara-Seids, ROOKIE-Boychuk, Ference-McQuaid…assuming they pair Chara and Seids, vs splitting them up. If they split them up, I like Hamilton with Chara.

      • lordstanley65 - May 17, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        Splitting up Seids and Chara has bitten us on the ass every time. I don’t care what Claude does with the other pairings, really, but don’t screw around with them.

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