VANCOUVER — There are a lot of ridiculous statements made on the ice after the Stanley Cup is won.
But Dennis Seidenberg might’ve taken the cake.
“To be honest, I feel fresh,” said Seidenberg after he logged 28:51 of ice time in the Bruins’ Game 7 victory tonight and finished the postseason averaging 27:37 per game. “I don’t feel that tired. It’s weird to say but I actually feel really good. I was surprised all playoffs how I feel.”
In the words of head coach Claude Julien, Seidenberg was “a horse” throughout the entire playoffs. That continued during the Bruins’ 4-0 Cup-winning triumph at Rogers Arena. He chipped in with two assists and once again combined with Zdeno Chara to limit Henrik and Daniel Sedin to no points and just five shots on net.
For the series, the Sedin brothers combined for just five points, including just one goal from Henrik.
Now Seidenberg will become the second German, after Uwe Krupp, to have his name etched on the Cup. And he might even get some love from countryman and NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki.
“He doesn’t even know who I am,” cracked Seidenberg, who watch Nowitzki’s video tribute to Vancouver defenseman Christian Ehrhoff during Game 1.
“It’s definitely special to be the second German ever to win the Cup. It’s crazy and it’s hard to describe,” he continued.
In the summer of 2009, Seidenberg was a free agent that didn’t sign anywhere until training camp opened. Now he’s the No. 2 defenseman on the Stanley Cup champions.
“I always knew that I can play,” he said. “I knew I was able to play in this league and contribute big time. And you just need the right circumstance. You just need a coach that believes in you, a guy that puts you on the ice regularly. That helps you a lot.”