On Thursday, Dennis Seidenberg sat out the first of what could be three straight games because of a lower-body injury.
Seidenberg was injured on his first shift of the Bruins’ 2-1 win over the Rangers Tuesday. Seidenberg appeared to hurt his left leg during a net-front collision with New York’s Derek Dorsett.
Coach Claude Julien said Seidenberg’s return would most likely be within seven days from the date of the injury. The Bruins play Carolina at TD Garden Saturday, then host Pittsburgh Monday. If the one-week timeframe holds, Seidenberg could play Wednesday against Detroit. Seidenberg went through an off-ice workout Thursday.
Seidenberg, the team’s No. 2 defenseman, has zero goals and six assists in 21 games, averaging 21:07 of ice time. He was most recently the left-side defenseman on the second pairing with Torey Krug.
Gregory Campbell had been pressing. Through 21 games, the fourth-line center was the only Bruin forward without a goal.
That finally changed in his 22d game.
At 18:20 of the first period of Thursday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Blues, Campbell heeled a one-timer past Jaroslav Halak’s left pad to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
“It is nice to get on the board,” Campbell said. “It’s been a long time coming. It was a relief. It came at a good time for our team. Scoring goals and contributing offensively is one thing, but it’s also another thing when it’s needed. I think that’s what is expected of our team — to have different lines and different guys contributing.”
The scoring sequence started after Ian Cole lost an edge and coughed up the puck while trying to wheel out of the St. Louis zone.
Later in the shift, Daniel Paille passed to Krug at the left point. At the same time, Campbell opened up at the right circle.
Krug connected with a seam pass that Campbell turned into a goal.
“I really felt [Campbell] and his line have really been turning the corner here a little bit,” said Julien. “Tonight in my mind, they played like a top line. They were out there doing a great job. They were bringing as much as the other lines were as far as spending time in the offensive zone and everything else.”
Campbell had three shots, three hits, and two blocked shots in 12:22 of ice time. He also won 9 of 11 faceoffs.
Adam McQuaid, out since Nov. 9, participated in his first morning skate Thursday since the injury. McQuaid sat out his sixth straight game.
Thursday was McQuaid’s fourth day of skating. He was hurt when he pivoted and chased a puck Nov. 9 against Toronto.
“It’s been a pretty good progression,” McQuaid said. “Every day, it’s been getting a little bit better. That’s what you hope for, that there’s no setbacks.”
It’s possible McQuaid could return Saturday against Carolina. McQuaid would have to get through practice Friday and take contact in battle drills.
McQuaid’s game depends on being physical. He has yet to engage in serious contact.
“There’s some things I haven’t really done yet, some more game-situation stuff, which would be nice to get into more of a full practice,” McQuaid said. “I’ve just been slowly building every day, doing a little bit more. We’ll see how it reacts.”
Rask back in
Tuukka Rask made his third straight start. Chad Johnson could play in Saturday’s matinee against the Hurricanes. Rask would then return to the net on Monday against the Penguins . . . Zdeno Chara played a game-high 29:57, matched mostly against the Blues’ top line of Alex Steen, David Backes, and T.J. Oshie. Chara played 31:27 on Tuesday against the Rangers . . . General manager Peter Chiarelli spent time Thursday meeting with St. Louis counterpart Doug Armstrong. Both are members of Team Canada’s Olympic management group. Julien and St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock are Olympic assistant coaches . . . Carl Soderberg played his first game against his former organization. The Blues drafted Soderberg in the second round in 2004. The Bruins acquired Soderberg from St. Louis for Hannu Toivonen. In the second period, Soderberg scored his third goal by snapping the puck high glove. Soderberg had a team-high four shots, and had five other attempts blocked. Soderberg won 6 of 8 faceoffs by taking some draws for Chris Kelly. Kelly is partially limited on faceoffs because of a minor undisclosed ailment, according to Julien. “I thought his game tonight was extremely good,” Julien said of Soderberg. “He played really a heavy game. Besides his goal, he had some good chances. I thought that was one of his best efforts. I see him getting better and better all the time. It’s nice to see that potential that everybody saw in him when we brought him over.” . . . Bobby Orr dropped the ceremonial first puck . . . Jordan Caron was the healthy scratch for the 10th time in the last 11 games.