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Bruins trade for Devils forward Marcus Johansson, give up two draft picks

Bruins trade for Devils forward Marcus Johansson, give up two draft picks

The Boston Bruins made a deal for a veteran winger ahead of Monday's 3 p.m. ET NHL trade deadline, but it wasn't for Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds or Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone.

Boston instead swung a trade for New Jersey Devils left winger Marcus Johansson, which is now official:

Johansson, who can play both wing positions and center, has tallied 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 48 games for the Devils this season. The 28-year-old forward also has 70 career games of Stanley Cup playoff experience. He is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, so it appears this move is a rental for Boston.

The Bruins also made a trade last week to acquire Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle in exchange for 22-year-old forward Ryan Donato and a fifth-round draft pick. These trades aren't likely to give the Bruins enough firepower to beat the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning in a playoff series, but time will tell. 

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2019 Stanley Cup odds: Bruins, Sharks co-favorites in updated betting lines

2019 Stanley Cup odds: Bruins, Sharks co-favorites in updated betting lines

The Boston Bruins are the best team, at least in terms of regular-season record, still alive in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. But is that good enough for them to be the favorite to win the Stanley Cup?

Well, FanDuel Sportsbook has pegged the Bruins and San Jose Sharks as co-favorites to win the Stanley Cup at +460, as of Wednesday afternoon.

Both of these teams won Game 7s of their respective first-round series Tuesday night. The Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 at TD Garden, while the Sharks eliminated the Vegas Golden Knights in a thrilling 5-4 overtime victory. Boston will play the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round. San Jose will play the Colorado Avalanche in Round 2.

The Bruins last won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and went to the Cup Final again in 2013. The Sharks' only Stanley Cup Final appearance came in 2016, when they lost to Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.

Here are FanDuel's updated Stanley Cup futures odds: 

Bruins, Sharks: +460
Blue Jackets, Islanders: +600
Capitals, Blues: +700
Avalanche, Stars: +800
Hurricanes: +1700

The first round will conclude Wednesday night when the defending champion Washington Capitals host the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7.

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Morgan Rielly passionately defends Jake Gardiner after disastrous Game 7 vs. Bruins

Morgan Rielly passionately defends Jake Gardiner after disastrous Game 7 vs. Bruins

TD Garden is a house of horrors for Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner.

Gardiner was Toronto's worst player in last season's first-round Game 7 when the Bruins eliminated the Leafs 7-4 to advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Tuesday night's Game 7 was almost as bad for Gardiner, who finished with a minus-3 rating and made a few costly mistakes.

The 28-year-old blueliner didn't talk to the media after the Leafs lost 5-1 at TD Garden, but one of his teammates, Toronto d-man Morgan Rielly, gave a strong defense of Gardiner.

Gardiner's sloppiness with the puck presented the Bruins with some prime scoring chances, and Marcus Johansson capitalized on one to increase Boston's lead to 2-0 in the first period.

The Bruins had a 15-13 edge in shot attempts, a 10-5 advantage in scoring chances and outscored the Leafs 2-0 during the 14:51 of 5-on-5 ice time Gardiner played in Game 7.

Gardiner is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and given the Leafs' salary cap situation, it wouldn't be shocking if the defenseman finds a new team before the 2019-20 season. 

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