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Heinen expected back in B's lineup vs. Habs

Heinen expected back in B's lineup vs. Habs

BRIGHTON, Mass -- After spending one game up in the ninth floor press box watching the Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night, it’s expected that Danton Heinen is going to get right back into the lineup on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Heinen had one goal in his previous nine games before the healthy scratch in his first slow point of a strong rookie season. The young winger had perhaps drifted a bit away from the battles he was so intently engaging in earlier in the season. So, the hope from the Bruins is that Heinen will have a little extra jump to his game when he draws back in for the Black and Gold. That could only be enhanced by watching his lineup replacement, Brian Gionta, stand out in his spot on the third line Thursday against the Penguins.

“[Guys] will be in the lineup and then out of the lineup at times if they need a break,” said Bruce Cassidy. “[Gionta] showed some good speed last night reloading well on fore-checks, creating loose pucks with a good stick and his foot speed and making some plays around the net. The benefit is that he’s got that many years in the league, so the obvious things aren’t going to faze him where a young guy might get rattled.

“But that’s stating the obvious for the most part. We like the way our young guys have played. We’re just trying to make sure of proper growth, and that’s what happened [on Thursday] night with Danton Heinen. He watched upstairs and he’ll probably go back in [against Montreal] so we’ll see where we’re at.”

Heinen, 22, certainly sounded like somebody ready to jump back into the fray with a refreshed perspective and the hope is he’ll respond in the same way that fellow rookie Jake DeBrusk did earlier in the season.

“Obviously lately hasn’t gone great for me personally, but it’s a tough league. You have some downs, and you try to limit those as much as possible and stay as consistent as you can,” said Heinen, who is still among the NHL’s top-10 in rookie scoring with 38 points. “That’s my goal, to stay positive and keep on working hard. We had a big win [against Pittsburgh] and hopefully, that can get us rolling again.

“It’s just little things. If you’re doing the little things right then the big things will take care of themselves. [The healthy scratch] certainly makes you hungrier to get back in there when you see the guys battling and having fun out there.”

With Noel Acciari missing practice Friday for a maintenance day, there is perhaps a chance that Gionta could move to a different place in the lineup after playing so well in his B‘s debut on Thursday. Cassidy also said he was leaving his decision on a starting goalie up until a few hours before the rare 5 p.m. start against the Habs, so here’s the projected Bruins lineup vs. Montreal with no Saturday morning skate:

Marchand-Nash-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Nash

Heinen-Backes-Wingels

Schaller-Kuraly-Gionta

 
Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Miller

Holden-Carlo

 
Rask

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David Pastrnak named MVP of 2020 NHL All-Star Game

David Pastrnak named MVP of 2020 NHL All-Star Game

The Atlantic Division may have come up just short in their quest to win their first NHL All-Star Game title since the league moved to a 3-on-3 tournament format for the big event. But David Pastrnak still took home one of the biggest accolades of the evening.

Pastrnak was named the All-Star Game MVP thanks to his strong performance on the ice.

Pastrnak edged out Leon Draisaitl, Matthew Tkachuk, and Anthony Duclair for the award which was voted on by NHL fans. Here's a look at the NHL's poll, courtesy of their official Twitter account.

Of course, a notable name is missing from that list: the San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl, who scored five total goals including the game-winner for the Pacific Division. Nonetheless, Pastrnak is going home as the MVP and become the first Bruins player to take home the award since Bill Guerin in 2001.

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Pastrnak had a hat trick in the Atlantic's first game, a win over the Metropolitan Division, and finished the night with four goals and two assists in the two games. Certainly, his performance was MVP worth even if there were a couple of other deserving candidates.

Hopefully, Pastrnak playing in the All-Star Game helps to keep him locked in moving forward. He has been one of the league's best scorers this year and is on pace to shatter his career-high in goals and points if he stays healthy.

The Bruins will need him to keep producing if they want to hold on to win the Atlantic Division.

David Pastrnak nets a beautiful All-Star Game goal on excellent backhand

David Pastrnak nets a beautiful All-Star Game goal on excellent backhand

The 2020 NHL All-Star Game was an offensive showdown, as usual, and throughout the night, the NHL's best players made some excellent plays and scored some beautiful goals.

But were any of them better than David Pastrnak's backhand score during the 3-on-3 championship between the Atlantic and Pacific divisions? That's debatable.

The Boston Bruins forward notched a breakaway opportunity in the first half of the championship with the Atlantic holding a 2-1 lead. On the play, Pastrnak had an incredible forehand/backhand move and was able to quickly launch the goal into the top shelf.

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Here's a look at the play courtesy of the NHL on NBC's official Twitter account.

That's a nice, nice move. And it shows off the skills that have made Pastrnak the NHL's leading scorer (37 goals) through the first half of the season.

As beautiful as that goal from Pastrnak was, Bruins fans will have one qualm with it. It didn't come in a shootout.

Perhaps Pastrnak will try to pull that out in a shootout situation during the second half of the season. A move like that could possibly be enough to give the B's their first shootout victory of the season.