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Hamilton felt he ‘let the team down’

May 24, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

Boston’s rookie defenseman, Dougie Hamilton, was sure beating himself up after last night’s overtime goal by Rangers forward Chris Kreider.

“That last play is bugging me. It’s one I feel like I have to have. I feel like I kind of let the team down. I have to obviously get in the way, and remove his stick from being able to play that puck,” Hamilton said, per CSN New England. “If I get rid of the stick the puck goes in the corner, that’s it. That’s the play. I’m pretty upset.

“You just have to forget about it, I guess, and move on. That’s what you have to do.”

But Hamilton may not get a chance to redeem himself tomorrow in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden. If injured veteran Dennis Seidenberg is ready to go, Hamilton will likely come out. (Seidenberg skated this morning and said he felt comfortable, but he wasn’t able to commit to anything.)

As rookies occasionally do, Hamilton has struggled with his confidence at times this season.

Perhaps the 19-year-old needs to focus on the positives a bit more. Three assists in seven playoff games isn’t so bad at his age.

  1. jpelle82 - May 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    bruins are gonna need seidenberg, redden, and ference if they plan on making it a series against the pens. no way they can have those 3 young guys out there against crosby and malkin and expect to win 4 games.

    • billyhauntswizards - May 24, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      you know you still haven’t won the ECSF right?

      • jpelle82 - May 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        i dont play so i’m pretty sure i havent won anything yet.

    • nunan - May 24, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      I think Seidenberg and Ference are important but, right now at least, Krug or Bartkowski need to stay in there over Redden. They need more of a ‘shut down’ element if they play the Pens. Seids and Ference offer that. Krug is a legit threat and at least gives the Bs defense somewhat of an offensive dynamic. And he can skate the puck up the ice. Redden is a good option to have but he’s not better than Krug or Bartkowski at this point. If they want a real scoring threat back there, play Krug. If they want a d’man who can score but also have a stronger defensive game, play Bartkowski. If everyone is healthy, I think Hamilton and Redden sit and it comes down to either Bartkowski or Krug. Need to win tomorrow.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 24, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Well Redden played 6 games for the Bruins in the regular season and Ference has been abysmal. Not to mention that Krug has been a goal scoring machine and both he and Bartkowski give the Bruins 2 puck moving defenseman with offensive upside.
      Neither Redden, nor Ference is all that important if they advance.

  2. dropthepuckeh - May 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Hamilton is going to be a great player and has had an impressive rookie year. That said, I think Seidenberg plays tomorrow and Hamilton sits and I hope it stays that way the rest of the way. Doug has made too many defensive errors at critical times in the most critical time of the season.

    I don’t think Redden needs to replace Bartkowski or Krug. Those two guys are playing great and Redden would be a downgrade. Claude will have a decision to make when Ference gets healthy but it sounds like that is a while away as he is still in a walking boot for his foot. A lot of hockey will happen in the next week so all subject to change….

    • jpelle82 - May 24, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      i dont think the ideal situation is having krug AND bartowski out there. no real experience and neither have seen the likes of crosby and malkin before. they’ve been cruising but i dont know if thats a necessarily good confidence to have gained against an anemic rangers offense. malkin missed all 3 games against boston this year and crosby only played 2 of the 3 games against them this year. krug is pretty small and has been good offensively but i dont know how he will fare against those guys and bartkowski has like 10 nhl games under his belt? tough sledding with the stakes much higher against a deep healthy pens team. i’d rather have redden and his 1100 games of experience.

      • nunan - May 24, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        Neither of those guys will be on the ice against the Pens top players…except for those brief moments bc Pitt has the last change at home. I don’t think we can look at the regular season and use that as a gauge of a potential Pitt Boston series. Bruins didn’t fare well against the Habs or the Rangers either but look where they are now. Things change in the playoffs. I do think Ference is out for a while so the only real guys in play are Seidenberg and Redden. Seidenberg is definitely in the line-up when he is healthy. Not so sure about Redden.

  3. bruins18 - May 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Kruger and bartkowski haven’t only been helping offensively… They’ve made some key defensive plays in every game I’ve seen them play in

  4. bruins18 - May 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Krug* effin auto correct

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