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Wade Redden key part of Bruins’ Game 1 win

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When Wade Redden dressed for Game 1, the Blues improved their 2014 draft position. If Redden appeared in one playoff game, St. Louis would receive a 2014 sixth-round pick. Redden was originally traded to the Bruins for a seventh-rounder.

The Bruins’ bosses had no problem with that outcome. Redden scored Boston’s first goal and assisted on the winning strike Wednesday night against the Maple Leafs.

“I guess that’s the case, eh?” Redden, with a smile, said of the conditional pick. “They’re probably not too worried about that right now.”

The veteran defenseman proved why the Bruins were willing to part with a low-round pick. Redden’s 1-1—2 performance in 16:57 of ice time gave the Bruins exactly what they were seeking from their third-pairing blue liner.

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