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Boston’s Redden and Seidenberg out for Game 2

May 19, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

Wade Redden, B.J. Crombeen AP

Boston’s trio of young defensemen are going to be put to the test once again in Game 2 this afternoon.

Bruins coach Claude Julien announced that both Wade Redden and Dennis Seidenberg skated this morning but will not play against the Rangers today. Those two along with injured Andrew Ference make way for Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton, and Torey Krug to get the call once again.

That troika of young defensemen did well in Game 1 holding the Rangers attack back while the Bruins took the game home in overtime. Krug added a power-play goal in the third period of Game 1 that helped send the game to extra time. Bartkowski, meanwhile, played over 26 minutes giving Julien reason to trust in him.

  1. taylorgang24 - May 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Let’s go Bart!! Give the rangers the effin blues!

  2. govtminion - May 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Nothing against the youngsters, but I sure will feel better when I see Seids back on the ice. Redden and Ference would be nice, but Seidenberg is simply the B’s best shutdown defenseman whos name doesn’t start with a ‘Z’. The sooner he’s back, the happier I’ll be- Coach Julien probably would agree.

    • nunan - May 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      I think we can all agree on that! He is key. I like having Redden available because he is a veteran, able-bodied defensman but he doesn’t have to play. I just like him as a backup option. He’s a good guy to step in if nec., but I am liking Barkowski’s game and would rather see him in there over Redden. Ference is under-rated and he comes to play in the playoffs but his skillset is no better than Bartkowski’s and I think Bart actually has more to offer offensively and with the breakout. All in all, Seids is key but beyond him, I’m not against keeping the young guys in there. Sounds like Ference’s injury is the most serious.

  3. jcmeyer10 - May 19, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Whoever coaches the P-Bruins (especially the Assistant who focuses on the D) should not have to buy his drinks tonight if the Bruins win.

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