BOSTON -- After missing the first four games of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) returns to the lineup for Game 5.
As a result of Seidenberg's return, rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton is a healthy scratch.
Seidenberg suffered the injury during his first shift in Game 7 of the quarterfinal series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He attempted another shift but lasted only six seconds on the ice. He remained on the bench for the first and second periods, taking an occasional twirl during TV timeouts, but finally decided to shut it down during the second intermission of that game after the pain would not subside.
Along with Seidenberg, veterans Andrew Ference (lower body) and Wade Redden (undisclosed) have also been out of the lineup. During their absence, the core of young defensemen -- Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Hamilton -- has stepped in and played well in this series. Hamilton made a few mistakes during key moments during the 4-3 overtime loss to the Rangers in Game 4 Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
Seidenberg and partner Zdeno Chara are arguably the top shutdown defensive pair in the NHL, especially in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and they have been reunited for Game 5.