Dougie Hamilton on M&M: ‘We have to play our game and not cross the line’
|04.30.14 at 2:11 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday afternoon, a day before the B’s return to the ice to start their second-round series against the Canadiens. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
The Bruins have been off since dispatching the Red Wings in five games on Saturday.
“It’s been good just to refresh a little bit, and I guess able to refocus,” he said. “Now we’re prepping hard for Montreal tomorrow. I think we were kind of expecting it to be Friday or Saturday, but nicer that it’s already tomorrow. I guess we’re all excited to get going now.”
Hamilton made two key offensive plays that led to goals vs. Detroit by taking advantage of a gap in the defense.
“Right from the start of the series they were kind of taking away everyone else and then kind of leaving me,” he said. “So I think it was up to me to make the good play and figure out how to beat that. I thought skating was the best idea. I guess I got, I don’t know, lucky on those two plays. But I think just they were really similar, kind of just holding the first guy off and getting through the blue line and then making a decision after that.
“I’m sure this series the penalty kill will be different, and I have to go back to how it was in the season.”
Hamilton said the Bruins will continue to be physical against the Canadiens, while trying to avoid ending up in the penalty box.
“We have to play our game and not cross the line,” he said. “I think obviously when you’re playing a team in a series I think you can wear them down. When we’re effective I think we’re chipping pucks in and forechecking hard and making their ‘D’ make mistakes. I think that really helps us. I think we’re definitely going to have to do that and keep hitting them and kind of try to wear them down, and hopefully not make them want to have the puck. Obviously not cross the line, but I think it’s a different mindset in the playoffs. But we’re definitely going to try to be physical again and fast, and hopefully get on them.”
The Canadiens’ reputation is as a team that embellishes in an attempt to draw penalties, although Hamilton was careful to avoid taking any shots at Montreal.
“I don’t know. I don’t really want to say my opinion on that,” he said, adding: “I think obviously we’ll see tomorrow. I’m sure the refs are aware.”
Hamilton did acknowledge that it’s frustrating playing a team that embellishes.
“Yeah, it makes it tougher on you when you’re trying hit guys and they’re kind of trying to make you get a penalty,” he said. “Again, I don’t really know if they’re going to do that tomorrow. I guess we’ll have to be ready for it, but keep playing the same way.”
Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg continues to work out with the team and on his own as he tries to come back from his midseason knee injury, although it isn’t clear if the Bruins plan to activate him at any point.
“He looks really good,” Hamilton said. “I keep telling him, too, how good he looks. He looks fast and sharp, and his passing and hands and everything look good. So it doesn’t really look like he hasn’t played in a long time or is coming back from having that knee injury. He’s still working on his feet and everything after practice and things like that. He looks really good. It was nice to see.”