Dennis Seidenberg recorded an assist on Zdeno Chara’s first period goal in his 200th game in a Boston Bruins sweater, on Tuesday night. Tyler Seguin would also tally a goal in the first, but the Pittsburgh Penguins tallied three goals in the third period. In the end the Penguins came out on top, 3-2.
Seidenberg was drafted in the sixth round, 172nd overall, by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. In 2006, the defenseman was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Petr Nedvěd; the following year he was sent to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Kevyn Adams.
On Sept. 14, 2009, he signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers. Mar. 3, 2010, the Panthers sent Seidenberg and Matt Bartkowski to the Bruins for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and a second round pick. A few months later, the defenseman signed a four-year deal with the Bruins, worth $13 million.
Over his four-years with the Bruins, Seidenberg has tallied 90 points on 16 goals and 74 assists. The 31-year-old had his best season in 2010-11, during the Bruins Stanley Cup Championship year, when he scored 32 points and blocked 174 shots.
The Villingen-Schwenningen, West Germany native is a three-time Olympian (2002, 2006, 2010) and played in the 2002-03 NHL YoungStars Game.
The Bruins were hoping to give the fan favorite a win in his 200th game with the team, but gave up the 2-0 lead in the third period to fall to the Penguins, 3-2.
Here’s to 200 more games with Seidenberg donning a black and gold sweater!