Michael Del Zotto spent some time in the doghouse in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night after making several mistakes defensively.
He logged a postseason-low 11:39 of ice time, but he did collect an assist on Ruslan Fedotenko's first goal of the spring in the third period. Del Zotto was playing in his first game since his grandmother passed away over the weekend and he saw just one shift in the second period. "It was a struggle for him," coach John Tortorella said. "He hasn't had many games like that this year. With the extra D we dressed, we just wanted to take a little pressure off him and let him watch for a bit." Stu Bickel started the game as a forward, but played on the back end when Del Zotto was benched. The 21-year-old defender will look to refocus and rebound in Game 5 on Wednesday.