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Newcomers Nash and Wingels shine as Bruins edge out Hurricanes in OT

Newcomers Nash and Wingels shine as Bruins edge out Hurricanes in OT

BOSTON – The Bruins once again didn’t have a great start or a particularly solid, consistent effort, but they battled long and hard enough to get the good result. 

It took into a little over a minute into the extra session, but the Bruins finally came away with a 4-3 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden to snap a two-game losing streak. It was Charlie McAvoy that led an odd-man rush with Brad Marchand, looked off the top goal-scorer and then buried a wrist shot over Scott Darling to seal the deal for the Black and Gold. 

For a team entering a rough part of the schedule and without Patrice Bergeron for at least the next few weeks, it was exactly the kind of gritty win that the Bruins are going to need more of moving forward. 

The Hurricanes stormed the Bruins with a couple of power play goals in the first period from Brock McGinn and Teuvo Teravainen sandwiched around Rick Nash’s first goal as a member of the Boston Bruins. That gave the Canes a 2-1 lead that was extended to 3-1 when a defensive breakdown opened up a path to the night for Sebastian Aho to score his 22nd goal of the season. 

Once again the new guys were a factor for the Black and Gold as Tommy Wingels won a race to the puck in front of the Carolina net, and dropped a pass to a dangling Riley Nash that maneuvered around Scott Darling for his career-high 11th goal of the season. 

That was the score until the second period when Wingels continued his grand entrance to the Black and Gold with a sniper shot from the face-off circle that tied everything up at three apiece.

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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, 18, from Russia. The 6-1, 183-pounder got into 29 KHL games last season with 12 goals and 14 assists, which is impressive considering his age. 

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