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Newly acquired Gemel Smith to make Bruins debut tonight

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Newly acquired Gemel Smith to make Bruins debut tonight

BRIGHTON, Mass – New Bruins acquisition Gemel Smith was on the ice for the Saturday morning skate and will make his Black and Gold debut tonight in a divisional game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden.

What could be better than that?

Smith will play left wing with Sean Kuraly and Chris Wagner against the Leafs and will get an immediate look on the bottom-six for a team that could use a little more physical and offensive pop at the bottom of their forward group. Smith, 24, has totaled 11 goals and 20 points in 77 games the past three seasons with the Stars and now he’ll get a look from a Bruins organization that could desperately use some energy amid a three-game losing streak.

“He’s got some time in the league. He’s fast. He should help us on the fore-check, and he’s done more penalty killing than power play. It’s a pretty good program there in Dallas, so I suspect he’ll be good away from the puck,” said Bruce Cassidy of a player that has two goals, three points and a plus-1 rating in 14 games with the Stars this season prior to being waived. “I’m not sure what happened there and why he got pushed out, but we’ll put him in tonight. He’s out West, so we didn’t get to him a lot. We’ll see if he slides up, and he’s played left wing predominantly and some center.”

Clearly, Smith isn’t going to be a game-changing addition and the fact he was waived means he wasn’t playing well enough with the Stars. Still, the Bruins needed to do something to switch things up and improve both their penalty killing and their bottom-six depth. the hope is that Smith can do one, or preferably both.  

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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.