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Bruins' Jake DeBrusk happy to be rocking the 'full-grown mullet' in camp

Bruins' Jake DeBrusk happy to be rocking the 'full-grown mullet' in camp

BRIGHTON, Mass – It was obvious that something was different with Jake DeBrusk from the very first moment he was spotted at Bruins captain’s practice last week.

DeBrusk, 22, was sporting a magnificent mane flowing out from underneath his helmet when he was first spotted at Warrior Ice Arena, and he made sure it was primped and featured when the Bruins players sat down for training camp photo and video shoots this week. 

DeBrusk’s mullet screams out hockey player, of course, even if it also screams out “hockey player from another era” when you get right down to it.

But that’s the point, apparently.  

DeBrusk finally talked about his hockey hair following the first day of on-ice sessions Friday at training camp and admitted that the mullet is actually an homage to the look that his dad Louie rocked as an NHL player back in the 1990s.

“It's looking like a full-grown mullet. My dad had it one year when he played. I remember there was a hockey card I always used to see when he played where he was buzzing around with a mullet in warmups,” said DeBrusk “I thought I might as well give it a try. I’m getting mixed reviews on it, though, so we'll see how long I keep it. That’s about it. Straightaway it doesn’t look the best, so I will definitely be cutting it at some point this year.

“There was one hockey card and a couple of fights on YouTube if you want to see it where [Louie Debrusk] had the full-grown. It was worse than mine. I don’t know if I could ever catch that. It looks like I have a receding hairline a bit, so I’ve got to figure that one out.”

It seems fair that his dad got the full hockey helmet of hair capable of the beautiful mullet, and the son got the goal-scoring ability with 27 goals for the Bruins last season as a second-year left winger. All hair jokes aside, continuing to be an offense producer will be the focus for DeBrusk this coming season  – along with keeping his teammates entertained with his throwback hockey hair choice to start this season.  

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Karson Kuhlman questionable for Leafs game after missing Bruins practice

Karson Kuhlman questionable for Leafs game after missing Bruins practice

BRIGHTON – The Bruins are getting a little banged up as they now get a little deeper into the regular season.

Bruins right winger Karson Kuhlman was missing from Monday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena after getting hit in the leg with a Jake DeBrusk shot during Saturday night’s overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kuhlman was limited to 9:19 of ice time in the overtime game and has gone scoreless in the first nine games of the season while playing mostly a top-6 role for the Black and Gold.

Likewise, David Krejci was missing from Monday’s practice and will again be out Tuesday night against the Maple Leafs that will make his third consecutive game missed since suffering an upper-body injury in last week’s win over Anaheim.

Both Joakim Nordstrom and Par Lindholm were wearing no-contact jerseys in Monday’s practice as well, and the Bruins had the bare minimum 12 forwards to practice with after a day off the ice completely on Sunday.

“Kuhlman is day-to-day and we’ll see how he responds [on Tuesday]. So that we’ll determine in the morning,” said Bruce Cassidy. “Lindholm looks good to go. Nordstrom probably not as far along as [Lindholm] as far as being good to go, but that’s a decision we’ll make tomorrow. Krejci won’t play [on Tuesday] and we’ll see how it works out for later in the week.”

Both Krejci and Nordstrom are out for the Leafs game and it looks like Lindholm is going to be able to play, so the health of Kuhlman is the one unknown headed into the B’s next game.

The good news for the Bruins is that they continue to stay healthy on the back end, and perhaps the injuries upfront will force the B’s to finally call up Anders Bjork from Providence as a reinforcement after a hot start for the P-Bruins. Here are the line combos and D-pairings from Monday’s practice ahead of the Tuesday night rematch between the Bruins and Leafs this time at TD Garden:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Coyle-Ritchie

Heinen-Lindholm-Backes

Nordstrom-Kuraly-Wagner

 

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Clifton

 

Rask

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Brad Marchand puts opponent in headlock, opponent calls it 'a great play'

Brad Marchand puts opponent in headlock, opponent calls it 'a great play'

Lost in the big divisional games over the last few days for the Bruins against the Lightning and Maple Leafs was a small moment toward the end of Thursday’s shootout loss to the Bolts that could have meant an extra point for the B’s.

During the closing seconds of overtime, the Lightning had the Bruins scrambling in their own end and Brayden Point collected the puck along the sideboards after already putting up a couple of points in the game. Brad Marchand then opted to put Point in a headlock and lock down any chances of the Lightning ending the game ahead of the shootout with only a couple of seconds remaining in OT.

There was no penalty, and even if there had been there was really no downside to doing it since Marchand would have been free and clear to take part in the shootout, as he did, even if a minor penalty had been called on him. It was a smart hockey play from a smart hockey player that’s always looking for an edge and doesn’t mind going the outside-the-box route that includes throwing a headlock on the occasional opponent.

Obviously it didn’t work out as the Bruins ended up losing 4-3 to the Bolts in the shootout, but interestingly enough even Point was giving the habitually line-stepping Marchand credit for “a great play” after it was all over.

“I’m going for the puck, really it’s a great play,” said Point of Marchand, who has four goals and 12 points in eight games this season to go along with the one headlock. “There’s not much time, he breaks up a potential chance for us and he still gets to shoot in the shootout. There’s no real consequence for that, so really it’s a good play.”

With a pair of points earned in the last couple of games, the Bruins have a few more big games this week against the Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues. It remains to be seen if No. 63 has any more “really good plays” in his bag of tricks after the savvy, on-brand headlock from Marchand during last week’s tangle with Tampa.

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