Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg is one of the team’s steadiest defenders. He averages 26:03 per game, and is usually charged with stopping their opponents’ top players.
But a lapse in triple-OT of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final might have cost the Bruins the game. Watch Seidenberg in the corner of the ice, dropping his glove after a hit and then picking it up on Andrew Shaw’s game-winner for the Chicago Blackhawks:
Seidenberg was checked in the corner by Bryan Bickell of the Blackhawks. Shaw was his player to defend; rather than doing so, he went back to the corner to snag his missing glove. Michael Rozsival’s point shot was deflected home by Shaw, and the Blackhawks won in triple overtime.
Joe Haggerty of CSN New England noticed the play and asked Seidenberg what went wrong:
"I obviously looked at it [on video] and thought about it afterward. [I was] like ‘What did I just do?’ "
Still, he's not sure it would have changed the outcome of the play.
"Would it have mattered if I hadn’t picked it up, because I was hit and on the ground and they had me beat to the net. I don’t know if it could have changed anything, but there’s no way we’ll ever find out. So there’s no reason lose any thoughts about it, or get down on yourself.”
Was he disoriented after the hit? Simply exhausted after three overtimes?
Seidenberg said he’s thought about the play in hindsight, and it’s sure how it would have played out. But he vowed that Game 2 on Saturday night could yield a difference result for the Bruins: “We feel confident that we’re going to play a more consistent game over three periods [in Game 2 and beyond]. If we do that then we think we’re going to be fine.”