Seidenberg: ‘I got lucky’

Figuring that he “got doubly lucky,” Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg needed only 15 stitches to close what was a deep, approximately three-inch gash on his inside left wrist Saturday night when a skate blade of Nikolai Kulemin sliced across his arm midway through the first period in Toronto.

“I got lucky because it didn’t slice a tendon,” said Seidenberg, reached this afternoon by telephone in Washington. “And I got doubly lucky because it just missed an artery. So it could have been worse.”

Seidenberg, saying that the wound today is still “a little painful,” is uncertain if he’ll be able to play Monday night when the Bruins face the Capitals.

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“I’ll have to see how it feels after the morning skate,” he said. “I’m taking some painkillers now. It’s not too bad, but we’ll have to see how it is tomorrow.”

Seidenberg said that doctors in Toronto did not prescribe antibiotics to ward off a potential infection. When he practices and if he plays, he said he’ll be certain to place a protective wrap over the stitches in hopes of keeping the wound from being infected.