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Bruins continue to roll even without Marchand and McAvoy

Bruins continue to roll even without Marchand and McAvoy

GOLD STAR: There were a number of Bruins players that stepped up in the absence of Brad Marchand against the Ottawa Senators, and one of them was undoubtedly Danton Heinen when the B’s needed a spark early. Heinen stepped into Marchand’s spot on the power play and stepped up with a PP goal after a David Pastrnak pass flipped up into the air. It was Heinen that made a sweeping one-timer whack at the puck after it took a short hop off the ice, and completely beat Mike Condon for Boston’s first goal of the evening. In all Heinen finished with the goal, four shots on net, five shot attempts, a hit and a 1-for-1 performance in the face-off circle in 15:27 of ice time. Heinen actually has some Marchand to his game as far as strength on the puck and skill go, so he is a pretty good choice to step in for him on the PP. 

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BLACK EYE: A tough night for Colin White, who finished with a game-worst minus-2 and no shots on net in 18:40 of ice time against the Bruins team that he grew up rooting for. White missed on a couple of his shot attempts and really wasn’t much of a factor against the Black and Gold in his first time suiting up against them. It’s kind of been that way since White got called up for the Senators with no points, a minus-1 and just four shots on net in seven games, and he’s still looking for a moment to catch his footing at the NHL level. Here’s hoping that White starts putting it together in this audition because he’s a good kid that has the goods talent-wise, but he’s a first-round pick and he’s going to get his share of opportunities no matter what.  

TURNING POINT: For the Bruins it was hanging in there in the third period as the Senators had scored a game-tying goal just 20 seconds after the Bruins had notched a short-handed strike. That could have been a big momentum swing against the Black and Gold against a potentially good hockey team, but instead it was a sad sack Senators group that couldn’t capitalize on the moment. Instead Jake DeBrusk beat Mike Condon with a soft, fluttering goal that got through the backup’s equipment for the back-breaking game-winner. Boston never wavered in the third period and in the end it made all the difference in the world. 

HONORABLE MENTION: Patrice Bergeron stepped up without his partner-in-crime on the ice and notched a pair of assists in the three goals produced by the Black and Gold. It was Bergeron that won a race to the puck in the third period, and pushed a pass to Tim Schaller for a shorthanded strike that factored heavily into the game’s outcome. Bergeron finished with the two assists, seven shot attempts, two hits and a takeaway in his 17:43 of ice time. Sure No. 37 had an uncharacteristically tough night in the face-off circle with an 8-for-19 performance, but he stepped up in a spot where he didn’t have his usual wing man on his left. Not that it’s surprising because it’s Bergeron, of course, but it’s certainly worth noting. 

BY THE NUMBERS: 16-0-2 – Tuukka Rask has become just the fifth goalie in Bruins history to record at least one point in 18 straight games, and joins that select club with Gerry Cheevers, Pete Peeters, Frank Brimsek and Ron Grahame.  

QUOTE TO NOTE: “I think our guys stuck with it, did a good job and had the will to win in the end.” –Bruce Cassidy, to NESN postgame on another Bruins win where they fell behind while giving up the first goal to Ottawa. 

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Bruins trade target Hanifin traded to Calgary

Bruins trade target Hanifin traded to Calgary

Former Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin, a Bruins trade target who they once tried to trade up to get in the 2015 draft, has been traded from the Carolina Hurricanes to the Calgary Flames in a deal that includes former B's defenseman Dougie Hamilton going to Carolina.

The 'Canes sent center Eric Lindholm and Hanifin, both restricted free agents who rejected Carolina's most recent contract offers, to Calgary for Hamilton, winger Micheal Ferland and prospect defenseman Adam Fox, who was a third-round pick in 2016 now playing at Harvard,

The Bruins have a longstanding interest in Hanifin that goes back to their efforts to trade up for him in when he was the fifth overall pick three years ago. The Canes likely sought Bruins left winger Jake DeBrusk in the hefty package they were seeking for Hanifin. 

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Bruins choose Swedish D-man, Czech forward with first two picks

Bruins choose Swedish D-man, Czech forward with first two picks

DALLAS – On the second day, the Bruins finally got involved in the NHL draft at the American Airlines Center and made a few picks. The day started in the second round (57th overall) with the B’s selecting young Swedish defenseman Axel Andersson from Djugardens, a 6-foot, 183-pounder from the Swedish junior leagues who's put up pretty good offensive numbers with what’s said to be pretty good skating ability.

"It meant a lot to me and my family," Anderson said. "My mom is in tears right now, and we just hugged each other. It was a big day for me."

In the third round (77th overall), the Bruins took Czech center/left wing Jakub Lauko, who played for Team Czech in the World Junior tournament this past season. Lauko, 18, is 6-foot, 179 pounds and is a speedy, tenacious forward from the assorted scouting reports on him. Lauko was expected to be drafted higher than the third round and certainly didn’t lack for confidence in saying he’s one of the fastest skaters in the draft.

“My speed is my biggest strength. I think I’m one of the fastest players in the draft, so I want to use my speed to help a team like Boston,” said Lauko, who said he only spoke with the Bruins scouts at the NHL combine earlier this month in Buffalo. “[Detroit Red Wings'] Dylan Larkin is the same like me. He’s a really fast guy that likes the breakaways. I think in this way we are the same.”

Lauko compared himself to Larkin and the speed game is certainly one that the Bruins are continually interested in with their prospects.

There was a very funny moment when the Czech-born Lauko was asked what his parents do (for a living), and he misunderstood the question and answered: “I don’t know? Maybe they will drink tonight.”

In the fourth round (119th overall), the Bruins took big center Curtis Hall, a 6-foot-3, 191-pounder who's committed to Yale next season and who scored 13 goals and 31 points in 54 games last season for the USHL Youngstown Phantoms.  

In the sixth round with the 181st pick, the Bruins selected 6-2, 188-pound defenseman Dustyn McFaul out of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. McFaul is considered a strong two-way D-men with good size and skating ability and is committed to play at Clarkson University. 

With their final pick (seventh round, No. 212), the Bruins selected forward Pavel Shen, 18, from Russia. The 6-1, 183-pounder got into 29 KHL games last season with 12 goals and 14 assists, which is impressive considering his age. 

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