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DeBrusk on being subject of trade rumors: "I love being a Bruin"

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DeBrusk on being subject of trade rumors: "I love being a Bruin"

TORONTO – Jake DeBrusk has heard about the trade rumors. Heck, the 21-year-old has actually been traded before in his hockey career as he was dealt in junior hockey from Swift Current to the Red Deer Rebels in his final season. It’s a little different, however, when DeBrusk hears his name involved in trade rumors with New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, and reports indicate that DeBrusk is a name that Rangers GM Jeff Gorton wants included in any deal. 

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It makes perfect sense with DeBrusk off to a strong start to his NHL career with 11 goals and 29 points in 54 games while playing a top-6 role next to David Krejci, and just scratching the surface of how good he can be with the Bruins. Brandon Carlo has likewise been mentioned prominently as well as a young NHL player being sought after in trade talks. 

But the bottom line for all the Bruins youngsters is that they don’t want to go anywhere, and are doing their best to block everything out while preparing to go out and do their best. 

“I got traded in junior, so I know a little bit about it…but it’s a little different when it’s the magnitude of the NHL,” said DeBrusk. “We’re just focusing on getting wins, and doing everything I can do to help the team win. At the same you’re keeping an eye out and looking [at the rumors] secretly. But it is what it is. You can’t control it. You can only control your play, and do anything I can to help the team win now. You can only take it day by day. 

“I love being with these guys and we’re a pretty tight group. So whatever happens is going to happen, but at the same time whoever is on the ice we’ll go to battle with them.”

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Clearly DeBrusk wants to stick with the team that selected him 14th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, and the Bruins would do well to keep a talented, likable and bright youngster that could be a meaningful member of the organization for a long, long time. But he’s also drawing whatever positive that he can out of the situation, and the biggest one is that other NHL teams are clearly taking notice of what he’s done this season as a rookie. 

Being the primary name mentioned in a deal for a player like the captain of the New York Rangers means you must be doing a lot of things right. 

“When you’re a rookie with your name being thrown around and the other guy has some pretty high stature in the league, it’s a compliment. But I don’t look too much into it,” said DeBrusk. “I love being a Bruin. I just want to continue to get better, continue to improve and I’ve got lots of room to grow. I’m just taking it shift-by-shift.”

That’s a smart kid with a good answer as he focuses on his game on the ice, and learns on the job to navigate through his first NHL experience that’s now included being at the heart of a juicy trade rumor for the Black and Gold.

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Talking Points: Pastrnak again puts on a show vs. Sens

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Talking Points: Pastrnak again puts on a show vs. Sens

Well, that was a heck of a way to end a road trip and snap a three-game losing skid. Here are my biggest takeaways from Tuesday night's 4-1 win in Ottawa . . .

GOLD STAR: Once again, David Pastrnak was a dominant force. The 22-year-old finished with two goals and four points along with a plus-2 rating, and was on top of things early when it was still a close game against Ottawa. Pastrnak now has 10 goals and 15 points in nine games on the season, and continues to look like he’s going to take another big step this season. The first goal was a beauty, too, as he hopped off the bench with the Bruins already in the offensive zone, and then stepped into a Danton Heinen dish before firing past Craig Anderson to give the B’s the initial lead. Then it was Pastrnak again with the shot fake on the PP that caused Anderson to fall on his backside in the crease, and opened things up for a wide-open David Krejci one-timer for the game-winning goal. Pastrnak was involved in every goal the Bruins scored in the win, and has seemingly been a part of just about everything Boston has done offensively this season.

BLACK EYE: The referee crew of Corey Syvret and Kevin Pollock had a bad night in Ottawa, including a weak sauce cross-checking call on Zdeno Chara that led to Ottawa’s only goal on the evening. But what most inexcusable was completely missing a blatant Mark Borowiecki elbow to the head of 19-year-old rookie Urho Vaakanainen during a scrum in front of the Ottawa net. It eventually knocked Vaakanainen out of the game in the second period, and should be the kind of play that’s closely reviewed by the NHL Department of Player Safety. If the NHL is truly trying to take head shots out of the league and eliminate concussions as a problem, that’s the kind of play that has zero place in the league -- given how premeditated it was, in what should have been a completely benign non-play.

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TURNING POINT: The Bruins scored a pair of power-play goals within 72 seconds of each other at the end of the second period and start of the third period, and really pulled away from the Senators after finally getting some calls on their side. It was David Pastrnak that made things happen on the first one, with a shot fake that sent Craig Anderson tumbling on his backside, and then he fed it to a wide open Krejci for the open net shot. Then it was Bergeron less than a minute into the third period on the fresh ice, extending the lead and making certain that the Senators were going to have a big uphill climb for a comeback. It was that special teams fireworks that ended up being the difference in the game, and bring the ‘W’ for the Bruins.

HONORABLE MENTION: Brad Marchand finished with just one assist in the win for the Bruins, but he played a much bigger role than the stats would indicate. First, it was one of the best assists you’ll ever see as he completely faked out Dylan Demelo with a stick move on his way to the net, drew both defenders toward him and then slid a pass to a wide open David Pastrnak for a breathtaking highlight-reel score. Marchand also dropped his gloves in the second period after watching Zack Smith drill an unsuspecting Matt Grzelcyk in the corner, sticking up for a teammate by going after the much bigger Smith. It was a leadership move from Marchand, who is perhaps the most unlikely of leaders in fighting majors on the B’s with two of them already this season.

BY THE NUMBERS: 5:46 – the total ice time for 19-year-old rookie D-man Urho Vaakanainen, who was knocked out of the game with a concussion after taking a blatant, dirty elbow from Mark Borowiecki during a first period scrum.  

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We got great performances from our top players offensively, special teams were better than theirs and our goaltending. So that was a pretty good formula and that’s what we needed.” –Bruce Cassidy, to NESN on a solid all-around effort in the win over Ottawa that gave them their only win of the four-game road trip through Canada. 

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Highlights from Bruins' 4-1 win over Senators

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Highlights from Bruins' 4-1 win over Senators

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 4, Senators 1

IN BRIEF: David Pastrnak had two goals and two assists, Patrice Bergeron added a goal and two assists and the Boston Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Tuesday night. BOX SCORE

THREE STARS
1. Tuukka Rask, Boston (38 saves)
2. Patrice Bergeron, Boston (1 goal, 2 assists)
3. Thomas Chabot, Ottawa (1 goal)

BRUINS RECORD: 5-2-2 (12 points), T-1st in Atlantic Division

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THURSDAY: vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (NESN)

SATURDAY: vs. Montreal, 7 p.m. (NESN)

TUESDAY: at Carolina, 7 p.m. (NESN)

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