Dennis Seidenberg wasn't back to his normal Herculean workload and didn't get inserted back onto the power play unit, but the German defenseman was happy with the way his lower body issue responded in his return to the lineup on Friday night.

"It was okay. It took me a little bit to get my feet underneath me," said Seidenberg. "Once I did that I got a little comfortable and felt like always."

Seidenberg skated 27 shifts for 18:14 of ice time and led the Bruins with six registered hits and four blocked shots in a typically gritty performance for the defenseman that's always willing to put his body on the line. The return of Seidenberg also allowed Dougie Hamilton to get the partner back that he began the season with, and with that allow the 19-year-old to return to normalcy.

Now Seidenberg is focusing on the exact same objective as his Bruins teammates: readying for four games in the next six days with their first back-to-back games of the season and a taste of the "every other day" reality that awaits them starting in the middle of February.

"There are going to be games every other day, so we have to be careful to take care of ourselves and stay game ready," said Seidenberg. "You've got to be smart in the way you prepare for games.