BOSTON — Shane Hnidy’s been playing an NFL-style schedule for the Bruins as the regular season’s been winding down.
Last Saturday the veteran defenseman made his season debut against Atlanta. He took a week off and played today in Boston’s 3-1 win over Ottawa at TD Garden.
Tomorrow he’s scheduled to break the pattern because the Bruins, as of this afternoon, were bringing just six defensemen to New Jersey for the regular-season finale tomorrow.
“The conditioning actually feels really good. The hands [do too],” said Hnidy after he skated 14:22 of ice time against the Senators. “It’s just being in those game situations. You can’t simulate games in practice. So that’s the best way to prepare.”
Hnidy had a couple rough shifts, including the one that resulted in Ottawa’s lone goal. He took responsibility for that shift after the game. He finished the night with one hit and three shot attempts that went wide.
“There were a couple plays, a little rust on them. I know the [Ottawa] goal, a big part … was my fault. But I’d rather that happen now. I’d do the same play again, I’ve just got to be a little sharper on the pass.”
Although it’s great to get one more regular-season game under his belt Sunday, Hnidy said he feels ready right now to contribute in the playoffs if called upon. His confident that a combination of his experience and adrenaline could carry him through.