Due to injuries, Bruins defense may get a little younger
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The Bruins took the ice Wednesday morning without Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference.
Both players are listed as day-to-day according to Head Coach Claude Julien. The Bruins returned to work after a much-deserved day off Tuesday.
They've now gone the distance in six of their last seven playoff series. And if the regular season is any indication, the B's are in line for another Game 7.
Pressed into duty because of an injury, depleted defense rookies Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton made it count, playing extended minutes in the biggest game of the year.
“A couple hours after we thought about it. Pretty happy with how we played and how the team responded in the third period,” Matt Bartkowski, defenseman.
“I don’t think that will ever happen again and to be a part of that and to be playing I think I’ll never forget that game for sure,” said Dougie Hamilton, defenseman.
They didn't play like they were just happy to be there they played like they belonged, partly because they had to.
“When you look at the ice time they got, they got quite a bit and they did a great job. So for them, it’s important that they build on that and take the confidence that they had in that game and carry it into the next series,” said Claude Julien, head coach.
Now, again due to injury, the Bruins’ young defense, could get even younger. Torey Krug has been called up from Providence and if inserted into the lineup, it would likely put a rookie on each of the B’s three defensive pairings.
“It’s definitely a different look and I’ve stepped in in the past. We had a lot of older guys, great professionals. That might change a little bit of the dynamics of our D,” Krug said.
“For the rest of our team, they kind of get some energy from having those guys in a lineup. We got some young kids here and we’re going to help them out and we’re going to make our team good,” Julien said.