MONTREAL — With 24 seconds left in Monday’s game — and the outcome no longer in doubt — the Bruins and Canadiens got into some extracurricular activities, resulting in penalties to Zdeno Chara, Jarome Iginla, and Mike Weaver.
It left Bruins coach Claude Julien angry and frustrated at the officials, due in part to calls that he believed should have been made against the Canadiens in the third period.
“Although we’re perceived as the bad guys and they’re the good guys, when [Andrei] Markov trips Chara and then he puts his stick between his legs and nothing’s going to be called, eventually somebody’s going to react,” Julien said of the action that precipitated the scrums. “Whether it’s right or wrong, Zdeno reacted and then everything else started.
“There was a slew foot before — [David] Desharnais on [Brad] Marchand. It’s a slew foot. Those are things that we keep talking about that are dangerous in our game. It’s a rivalry and there are some things going on on both sides.”
Julien added, “I’m not portraying ourselves as innocent here. I’m just saying it takes two teams to [tango].”
After Markov’s hit on Chara, the defenseman ended up pushing and shoving with Weaver. That spilled over into more scrums, including Iginla and Milan Lucic on the other side of the ice, as garbage rained down from the stands.
“From my point of view, I just turned around and I saw Weaver and Z getting into it,” Iginla said. “We don’t want Z in there. Weaver was slashing his stick and stuff. It wasn’t too big of a deal, I didn’t think. It was just a melee starting there at the end of the game. Those things happen, it’s playoffs. But I didn’t think it was too big a deal.”
Said Lucic, “It wasn’t frustration or anything like that. Just a scuffle. Nothing more than that.”
The game was delayed briefly as the ice was cleared of trash.
Seidenberg takes contact
There appears to have been some progress regarding Dennis Seidenberg’s right knee. The defenseman took some light contact at the end of Monday’s morning skate with Jordan Caron and Andrej Meszaros at the Bell Centre.
It was the first time that Seidenberg has taken contact in practice since he injured his ACL and MCL Dec. 27 against Ottawa. He had surgery Jan. 7. He could potentially return this postseason, and told the Globe last week, “I could probably play right now.”
The initial estimate on Seidenberg’s recovery was 6-8 months. But Seidenberg has progressed quicker than expected, though the Bruins have maintained they are not placing any expectations on him to return this season.
Seidenberg returned to skating April 8.
The progression from taking contact to returning to game action can be as short as a week, as it was with Daniel Paille recently, but Seidenberg’s injury was severe. Also, given that the Bruins signed Seidenberg to a four-year, $16 million deal at the start of the season, they are liable to be even more cautious.
But the left side of the second defensive pairing has been a bit of black hole, with both Meszaros and Matt Bartkowski struggling at times. The Bruins could use Seidenberg alongside Johnny Boychuk instead of in his usual postseason top-pairing role with Chara, though it’s hard to know how effective he would be after such a long layoff.
The numbers next to David Krejci’s name on the stat sheet — zero goals, three assists — continue to look strange, given the center’s penchant for postseason success. But he thinks that might be about to change.
“I believe my time is about to come,” Krejci said Monday morning. “And I’m going to be big for my team. I owe it to these guys.”
Asked about those comments, Julien said, “He’s just a character guy. He’s demanding of himself. He’s been a good player for us all year. Just because he hasn’t scored yet doesn’t mean he doesn’t care and he doesn’t try.
“You’ve got to work with those guys and try and help them to find solutions, but a lot of it has to come from them. If he’s that focused, that’s a good sign for us.”
The longer, the better
Reilly Smith said he’s been paying attention to the Penguins-Rangers series. And he’s certainly not unhappy that the Rangers pushed the conference semifinals to a seventh game Tuesday night. “It doesn’t really matter what team you end up playing because they’re both pretty equally matched, but you’d rather them go to seven, be a little bit more tired, for sure,” said Smith . . . The NHL announced that Game 7 at TD Garden Wednesday will start at 7 p.m. . . . Meszaros, Caron, Corey Potter, and Chris Kelly were the scratches Monday night.Amalie Benjamin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @amaliebenjamin.