Rookie Danton Heinen scores 2 goals as Bruins beat Sharks, 2-1


Rookie Danton Heinen scores 2 goals as Bruins beat Sharks, 2-1

BOSTON – The Bruins had been waiting all week to bounce back from last weekend’s dreadful collapse to the Buffalo Sabres, and they did just that with a strong, solid 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden. 

The Bruins were powered by a couple of goals from rookie winger Danton Heinen, who picked the perfect time to score the first two goals of his NHL career. The Bruins did some special teams damage early as Heinen kicked the puck out in transition while shorthanded, watched David Backes fire a long distance shot at the San Jose net and then crashed hard where he was able to flip in a Martin Jones rebound for his first goal. 

The Sharks responded in the second period with their own special teams’ magic as Jumbo Joe Thornton popped in a loose puck in front after Anton Khudobin couldn’t stop a Tim Heed tester through traffic. But Heinen and the Bruins came right back three minutes later with another score. This time it was Brandon Carlo that fired a long shot off the end boards, and Heinen took the long carom and stuffed it inside the post before Jones had a chance to recover on the play. 

That made Heinen the clear offensive star of the game, and also made him the fourth Bruins player to score his first NHL goal this season to go along with Jake DeBrusk, Charlie McAvoy and Anders Bjork. The rest was up to Anton Khudobin and the Bruins defense late in the third period as the Bruins netminder didn’t let anything by him, and the Bruins penalty kill managed to burn off a Brandon Carlo slashing penalty in the closing minutes. Khudobin finished with 36 saves and a strong finish to the game as Tuukka Rask readies to take over No. 1 duties again Saturday night against the Kings. 

Bruins trade target Hanifin traded to Calgary

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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. 




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.