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Bruins’ banged-up D skate on Saturday

May 18, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins got by in Game 1 against the New York Rangers with a pretty green defense corps, as Torey Krug enjoyed an impressive playoff debut. Even so, they’d probably prefer to have some of their experienced blueliners back.

It’s unclear if that will be the case for Game 2 on Sunday, but the team reports some progress during practice on Saturday.

Wade Redden practiced with the team while Dennis Seidenberg skated on his own. While head coach Claude Julien said he doesn’t expect Seidenberg to play in Game 2, Redden is labelled a game-time (or at least Sunday) decision.

Redden, 35, understands the difference between being healthy enough to play versus being healthy enough to be effective.

“Everybody wants to be out there, but it’s got to be the right way,” added Redden. “If you go out there and you’re not able to do what you need to do you’re only hurting the team.”

“We’re kind of on the outside, you know – you want to get healthy, you want to do everything you can to get back.”

It remains to be seen if he’ll be good to go tomorrow.

  1. ncbruinsfan - May 18, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    No worries…whatever combination blue liners suit up Sunday, they know to be ready. Invaluable experience for the three rookies in Game 1. They’ll be ready, because the Rangers are going to bring it in Game 2.

  2. nunan - May 18, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Game will be a lot tougher tomorrow but I think winning game one gives the Bs some flexibility to not completely rush Seidenberg. He’s the key to this. Had they lost game one, not sure he would play game 2, but there would be pressure to play because the Bs wouldn’t want to go down 2-0. Who knows what would have happened but winning game one was so important for the Bruins.

  3. pastabelly - May 18, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Agree on Seidenberg. I’m beginning to agree with others that Andrew Ference should be replaced. He’s lost a step and they may be better off with Hamilton or Bartlowski as they both moved the puck well out of the zone.

  4. bigbadbruins77 - May 19, 2013 at 4:18 AM

    next year the team will still be super solid, maybe better. We can replace an aging Ferrance, Redden, and Jagr with Sodoberg, Bartowski, Hamilton (even though he played most of the year), and Krug. But I still love those guys and what they have done.

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