Seidenberg returns, shores up B's blue line

BOSTON -- After missing four games due to a lower-body injury, Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was back in the lineup and helped the team to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Friday afternoon at TD Garden.

Seidenberg suffered the injury during his first shift against the Rangers on Nov. 19 at Madison Square Garden, and he returned to the ice Monday. He traveled with the team to Detroit and watched from press level as the Red Wings trounced the Bruins 6-1 on Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena.

On Friday, he logged 24:43 of ice time and was paired with his partner Dougie Hamilton.

"I felt good. It was good to be back on the ice and playing with the guys," Seidenberg said. "The best thing is we got a win."

He also said there was no hesitation on his part, despite the injury.

"No, not at all," Seidenberg said. "That's why I skated the last few days and made sure I was fine to play. That was the case."

Fellow defenseman Adam McQuaid, who missed eight games with a lower-body injury, returned to the lineup Wednesday night, and with Seidenberg back on Friday, Boston's defensive core was at its best in the win over the Rangers.

"[McQuaid] and Seidenberg today kind of gave us the opportunity to get our pairs back together where they're a little bit more comfortable," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "I think it's not just Adam, but also Seidenberg being in there stabilized that part of it a little bit more."

Since both were back, the Bruins assigned rookie blueliner Kevan Miller to Providence on Thursday. Also, Matt Bartkowski, who had played the past nine games, was a healthy scratch.