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Soderberg keeps playoff debut in grounded perspective

Jun 23, 2013, 9:15 AM EST

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Carl Soderberg played in his first playoff game last night in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. You’d think for a player who was new to the NHL he might be a bit overwhelmed. You’d be wrong though.

Soderberg took a very grounded approach when asked what it was like to play last night.

“It’s just hockey and I know that game,” he said. “I felt comfortable before the game too.”

For what it’s worth, coach Claude Julien liked what he saw from the Swedish rookie.

“He showed me enough to be able to move into (Bergeron’s) spot,” he said. “I thought he played well, and although there wasn’t maybe the chemistry that you see with that line usually because it’s his first time, certainly not disappointed in the way he played tonight.”

With Patrice Bergeron‘s status up in the air for Game 6 on Monday, perhaps Soderberg gets another chance to show what he’s got.

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