Seidenberg along for the ride
Defenseman may play on road trip
Dennis Seidenberg was in good spirits on Friday at TD Garden before traveling to Long Island. He wasn’t as happy the day before.
On Thursday, Seidenberg had to miss his first game of the season, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Capitals. A cut he suffered last Saturday in Los Angeles had become infected. Seidenberg is on antibiotics, but could be available on Saturday against the Islanders or Sunday against the Rangers.
“He’s day-to-day,’’ said coach Claude Julien. “He’s feeling good. It’s not a matter of an injury. It’s making sure the infection is taken care of properly and we don’t have to take another step back. We’ve got to be cautious. Until our team doctors tell our trainers and our trainers tell me he’s good to go, I can’t put him in the lineup. They have decided it’s day-to-day, and they’ll keep checking it on a daily basis. When they feel comfortable, we’ll give him the green flag to put him in.’’
Seidenberg suffered the cut while trying to defend Dustin Brown’s partial breakaway. As Tim Thomas wheeled around to stop Brown’s shot, the goalie’s skate blade sliced into Seidenberg’s left leg, just above the knee.
Seidenberg completed the game, then dressed for Tuesday’s 5-2 victory over the Lightning. But even before that win, Peter Asnis, one of the Bruins’ physicians, was concerned.
“It was swollen,’’ Seidenberg said. “I showed it to the doctor before the game. He was kind of concerned. He said he was going to take a look at it after the game and see what we should do.’’
After the win, Seidenberg required an IV to start treatment. He was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital on Wednesday for further care.
“To me, it didn’t look bad,’’ Seidenberg said. “But there was some redness that worried Dr. Asnis. He felt it was best to treat it, just to make sure it didn’t get infected.’’
The Bruins have dealt with infected injuries before. Two years ago, defenseman Mark Stuart underwent surgery to repair a broken finger. The procedure was successful, but the site of the surgery became infected. It became so severe that Stuart required a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) to receive antibiotics.
“He had to walk around with a nurse for a couple months because he had to keep up with his antibiotics and IVs he had to carry with him,’’ Seidenberg said. “They know they have to be careful with it.’’
It’s not exactly good news that Adam McQuaid will miss the next two games because his left eye is swollen shut. But it was a better result than the Bruins had feared.
Because of the force with which Jason Chimera slammed McQuaid’s head into the end boards in Thursday’s game, the concern was that the defenseman had suffered a concussion. On Friday, Julien said McQuaid had not been diagnosed with a concussion.
“Those are the things you always fear, because you never know,’’ Julien said. “Whether it’s mild or it’s not, you never know when it’s going to end. For him right now, it’s just a bad cut and a swollen eye.’’
Chimera was tagged with a five-minute charging major and a game misconduct. He was not subject to supplemental discipline.
McQuaid did not travel with the team to Long Island on Friday. He will be reevaluated after the trip to determine his availability for Tuesday’s home game against Pittsburgh.
With McQuaid unavailable, Joe Corvo should remain in the lineup for the second straight game. Corvo, a healthy scratch for six straight games, returned to the lineup on Thursday because of Seidenberg’s absence. If neither McQuaid nor Seidenberg can play against the Islanders, Mike Mottau would dress against his former club.
Marty Turco, last seen in the net for last Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Ducks, could be back between the pipes against the Islanders. Julien hinted he might give Thomas a break in one of the two weekend games. Turco has not been told whether he can remain with the club during the playoffs as a practice goalie. He is not eligible to play in the postseason . . . While the injuries to Seidenberg and McQuaid have jumbled the blue-line corps, Greg Zanon has been a stable force on the third pairing. Zanon played 21:59 against Washington, the most ice time he’s had as a Bruin. Zanon nearly scored in the second period, but his wrist shot from the point caromed off the right post. He was credited with four hits and one blocked shot. “Zans has been a real good fit for us with the way we play, playing positional hockey vs. man on man,’’ Julien said. “He’s really adapted well and done a really good job. All his strengths are still showing. He’s blocking a lot of shots. He’s a physical player. I think he’s done a great job moving the puck.’’ . . . Turco and 13 skaters hit the Garden ice for an optional practice on Friday . . . Julien said Tuukka Rask is progressing well in his recovery from a groin/abdomen strain. Rask is going through off-ice workouts but has yet to resume skating.