BOSTON | The numbers aren’t pretty for Dennis Wideman. The Boston Bruins have scored seven goals in this first-round series, and the All-Star defenseman has been on the ice for five of them.
Prompted with that stat, Wideman explained.
“I think [Thursday] night, trying to jump up into the play, the pass [from Alex Ovechkin] was just a touch behind me,” he said. “If it was on, the we would have had a pretty tight in three-on-two or three-on-one kind of thing, so I maybe pushed it a little much there.
“Other ones, other goals, the OT goal, what do you do there? And then the other ones were just rebounds.”
Asked to assess his defensive performance in the series, Wideman said: “I think [Thursday] night was better. I think the first couple games, I was just trying to play as solidly defensively as I could.”
Wideman was paired with Jeff Schultz for Games 1, 2 and 3 and then with John Erskine for Game 4.
Dale Hunter, who coached Wideman in the Ontario Hockey League with the London Knights, offered a somewhat positive assessment.
“I thought [Thursday] night he was sound. We put him on the power play and he was very good on that so it’s one of those things where when he’s on the ice it’s been the [Chris] Kelly [line] that has been scoring, so it’s one of those things where sometimes it goes in the net on you.”
Wideman becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1. He probably made a little money with 11 goals and 35 assists in the regular season, plus, of course, the All-Star Game nod, but figures to be losing some of it this postseason. Through four games the 29-year-old has a minus-4 rating and zero points.
Here’s video of the play Wideman described that led to Boston’s Game 4 goal: