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Bruins roll into break by beating Red Wings 3-1 for 4th win in row

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Bruins roll into break by beating Red Wings 3-1 for 4th win in row

BOSTON – The Bruins wanted to go into the Christmas break on a high note and they certainly did that with a feel-good, stocking stuffer of a "W" against the Red Wings.

Patrice Bergeron scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner on a smoked one-timer midway through the third period, and the Bruins took care of business with a 3-1 win on Saturday afternoon that gives them 13 wins in their past 17 games and four in a row. 

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The Bruins got on the board first in the opening period after slashing and too many men on the ice calls gave them a 5-on-3 power play. David Backes proceeded to send a pass from below the goal line to Brad Marchand at the bottom of the circle waiting to rip it past Jimmy Howard for his 15th goal of the season.

Unfortunately, the Bruins had a letdown right after that and gave up a short-handed goal that tied up the game one minute later. Danton Heinen coughed up the puck in the neutral zone and Frans Nielsen was able to sneak a puck through the five-hole of Tuukka Rask for the short-handed strike.

That’s the way the game stayed until the third when the Bruins dynamic top line got to work. Marchand entered the zone looking to make a play, and he fed a perfect pass that Patrice Bergeron stepped into for the blistering one-timer.

After that, it was up to the Bruins defense and Rask to maintain the one-goal lead and up to the B’s to manage the puck a little better than they did for most of the day until the second half of the third period. Rask stopped 12 shots in the third period to keep the Wings at bay and Bergeron potted the empty-net goal for the final score.  

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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 from Russia. The 6-1, 183-pounder got into 29 KHL games last season with 12 goals and 14 assists.  

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