Dennis Seidenberg out for season with torn ACL and MCL

Snarl defines the Boston Bruins, and they just lost a key defender who provides plenty of it.

Dennis Seidenberg will miss 6-8 months after tearing his ACL and MCL in a collision with Cory Conacher Friday night.

The play occurred at the 15-minute mark of the third period when Conacher tried to beat Seidenberg wide on a rush to the left of Tuukka Rask. The two became tangled and Conacher fell backward onto Seidenberg’s right leg. Seidenberg yelled out in pain and eventually glided off without assistance.

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Seidenberg, 32, averages 22 minutes a night playing on the second pairing and logs two-and-a-half minutes per game on the penalty kill. He’s frequently paired with Zdeno Chara during the playoffs and is used by coach Claude Julien as a reliable shutdown presence. He signed a four-year, $16-million contract extension in October.

Here’s the official release from the Boston Bruins.