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Bruce Cassidy: Bruins D-man Charlie McAvoy 'fine' after painful shot block

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Bruce Cassidy: Bruins D-man Charlie McAvoy 'fine' after painful shot block

ST LOUIS – There wasn’t a lot to be disappointed about from a Bruins perspective in a 7-2 rout of the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 at the Enterprise Center on Saturday night. But Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy left the game a couple of minutes early in the third period after blocking an Alex Pietrangelo shot with his knee.

McAvoy was visibly in pain as he left the ice following the blocked shot and didn’t come back into the game with only a couple of minutes left in the third period. But Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy allayed any fears after the game when he said his second-year D-man was fine following the blocked shot, and managed to avoid any injury after stepping in front of the shot in a blowout win.

“He’s fine,” said Cassidy, when asked about McAvoy following Game 3. “No issues there.”

McAvoy was certainly fine during the game as well as he finished with 24:16 of ice time to go along with a rugged five registered hits and three blocked shots in an effort that was long on defense, and a little shorter on offense and puck-moving on this particular night. McAvoy and Zdeno Chara were the only two Bruins players to top 24 minutes of ice time in the victory for the Black and Gold, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the young D-man completely off the ice Sunday after absorbing the shot on his knee.

But it sounds like McAvoy and the rest of the Bruins managed to skate through Game 3 without any injuries or other health issues despite some physical, predatory attempts from the Blues that ultimately fell short of the mark.

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Zdeno Chara blows up Brad Marchand with hilarious Instagram chirp

Zdeno Chara blows up Brad Marchand with hilarious Instagram chirp

Brad Marchand and Torey Krug have famously developed a chirpy relationship on social media over the last couple of years, but it looks like another Bruins player is getting into the act when it comes to poking fun at their small sizes.

After the official Boston Bruins social media accounts sent out a picture of Bruins captain Zdeno Chara donning a No. 88 Bruins T-shirt with Pastrnak’s name on the back during Saturday’s trip to Toronto, Brad Marchand took umbrage with Chara’s shirt choice and took to Instagram to discuss it with his towering captain.

First of all, it makes all the sense in the world for all the Bruins players to wear David Pastrnak gear as he leads the NHL with nine goals scored after potting the game-tying strike in Boston’s eventual 4-3 overtime loss to the Leafs on Saturday night.

But it was Chara’s response to the Marchand comment that was sudden, swift and “sweep the leg” vicious with the 6-foot-9 Bruins defenseman stating that the diminutive winger’s shirts “only come in S and M sizes.”

Chara has developed a following on Instagram with his interesting social media posts that give fans a glimpse into his personal life and the legendary workouts that allow him to still remain in the NHL at 42 years old. But this is Chara’s first foray into having a little fun with Marchand, the most notorious social media poster on the Bruins roster, and hopefully not the last.

There’s nothing wrong with some good-natured chirps between Bruins teammates that clearly get along off the ice.

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B's hoping 'one of those runs' coming for streaky DeBrusk after busting slump

B's hoping 'one of those runs' coming for streaky DeBrusk after busting slump

TORONTO – The Bruins have been badly in need of secondary scoring all season long and it looks like Jake DeBrusk’s contributions might be picking up.

DeBrusk tossed the monkey off his back by scoring his first goal of the season in Saturday night’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena, and truth be told the young left winger could have easily had two or three goals in the big divisional game.

DeBrusk was that active, involved and in the middle of scoring chances all throughout the game in addition to his goal-scoring hookup with Charlie Coyle at the end of the first period. Part of it was certainly about good skating legs, but plenty of it was also about fighting to get to the front of the net where the scoring chances come fast and furiously.

“I felt like I was playing a lot too. Even though I scored late in the first I think that definitely helps my game and helps relax certain things,” said DeBrusk, who had five shots and a couple of hits in 21:13 of ice time. “I think I had a breakaway in one of my first shifts and I missed it. I just tried to stick with and then [Coyle] made a great play pretty much getting it through two guys to me at the backdoor. To see it go in was nice and you’re just trying to build. I felt like it was my time to push the envelope in that aspect, but obviously it wasn’t enough to get use the win.”

DeBrusk had a breakaway chance that he wasn’t able to put away earlier in the first period and he missed a power play chance while wide open on the backdoor when he simply couldn’t convert on the pass at the net. After the game DeBrusk was faulting himself a bit for failing to convert in what was eventually a one-goal loss for the Bruins, but his head coach also rightly pointed to his streaky nature that might have been rekindled by finally lighting the lamp.

“Jake was around the puck a lot and he could have had more than one if he’d had a little luck,” said Cassidy. “It’s what we want to see even if the puck isn’t going in. It’s the maturity thing where you keep pushing and you keep doing the right things to get rewarded, and you saw that tonight. We know how he can get with the streakiness and the puck was finding him tonight. So maybe it’s one of those runs, so it’s good to see with him.

“It’s good for his development if he just keeps playing. It’s a long year. It’s 82 games. So you can’t get too upset if you don’t like the look of your stat line. You just keep plugging away. He’s a good player and he’s going to get it done.”

Certainly, it’s been a challenge for DeBrusk with David Krejci in and out of the B’s lineup with injuries to start this year. But DeBrusk did score 27 goals last season, and the fact he hooked up with Coyle on some scoring chances on Saturday night bodes well for the chemistry between those two forwards. DeBrusk’s overall effort in Toronto points toward a player that might be ready to go off on a little scoring spree to help spread around the offense for the Black and Gold.

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