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Source: No supplemental discipline for Hornqvist on McAvoy hit

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Source: No supplemental discipline for Hornqvist on McAvoy hit

BOSTON -- Charlie McAvoy got lit up by Pittsburgh's sandpaper forward, Patrick Hornqvist, during a nasty, physical game between the Bruins and Penguins on Thursday night, but Hornqvist won’t be facing any supplemental discipline as a result of it, per a source.

McAvoy was drilled up high in the first period of the Bruins' 8-4 win as he had his head down looking to collect a puck, and ended up with a nasty bloodied nose after his visor came down and cut him. No penalty was called on the play and there shouldn’t have been, according to the letter of the law (Rule 48.1 in the Physical Fouls Section of the rulebook). It was deemed that “head contact on an otherwise full body check was unavoidable."

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McAvoy had his head hunched down as Hornqvist veered in for a shoulder hit to his chest. The 20-year-old defenseman admitted as much following the game, and was missing from Friday’s Bruins practice with a maintenance day after absorbing the hit.

"He got me . . . he tagged me pretty good,” said McAvoy when asked about the hit after the game. “So that’s on me. I need to put myself in a better position to make sure I’m not taking hits like those. But it kind of opened the door for a physical game, and we have a lot of guys on our team that don’t mind going to that side. We’ve got a lot of guys on this team that had my back, and I appreciate that.”

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To McAvoy’s point, the rookie defenseman went after Hornqvist in the second period, and David Backes drilled Hornqvist with a massive hit in front of the Pittsburgh bench in the closing seconds of the B’s victory. That’s above and beyond Zdeno Chara confronting Hornqvist and them dropping the gloves with 6-foot-7 Jamie Oleksiak in the second period after a mammoth three-minute shift on the ice. All of those were great signs from the Bruins, who stood up for their young teammate, and from McAvoy, who stood up for himself as well.

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Bruins vs. Blue Jackets: Schedule for second round of Stanley Cup Playoffs

Bruins vs. Blue Jackets: Schedule for second round of Stanley Cup Playoffs

Unlike their local NBA counterparts, the Boston Bruins have no time to rest between series.

After eliminating the Toronto Maple Leafs from the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a thrilling Game 7 win Tuesday night, the Bruins get just one day off before battling the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round.

The series begins Thursday night in Boston, as the B's get a well-rested Blue Jackets club that stunned the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning in a first-round sweep.

Here's a look at the series schedule:

Game 1: Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m. ET @ Boston (NBC Sports Network)
Game 2: Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m. ET @ Boston (NBC)
Game 3: Tuesday, April 30, 7 p.m. @ Columbus (NBCSN)
Game 4: Thursday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. @ Columbus (NBCSN)
*Game 5: Saturday, May 4, 7:15 pm. @ Boston (NBC, if necessary)
*Game 6: Monday, May 6, TBD @ Columbus (if necessary)
*Game 7: Wednesday, May 8, TBD @ Boston (if necessary)

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Jake DeBrusk says he and his family got death threats from Toronto fans

Jake DeBrusk says he and his family got death threats from Toronto fans

Jake DeBrusk has been pretty quiet on social media lately, and he has an unfortunate reason why.

The Bruins winger told 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich" on Thursday morning he and his family members received death threats from Toronto fans during Boston's first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series with the Maple Leafs.

DeBrusk said the threats began around Game 3 in Toronto, after an eventful Game 2 in which DeBrusk's hit on Patrick Marleau inspired Toronto's Nazem Kadri to retaliate with a ruthless cross-check that earned Kadri a series-long suspension.

"I think the fact that happened in Game 2 and we were going into Toronto for Game 3 -- I was getting death threats consistently," DeBrusk said. "My family members were telling me that they were getting death threats, as well, so I just wanted to kind of slow it down, in a sense. So, I just didn't go on (social media)."

When asked if he reported any of the death threats, DeBrusk revealed the scope of the threats, some of which came via direct messages.

"There were too many, to be honest," DeBrusk said. "There were just too many things going on to (report) threats that were happening, whether it's comments or direct messages or other things.

"There were just too many. I couldn't really report all of them. I didn't report any of them, to be honest. There were so many."

DeBrusk isn't the first person to receive death threats from Toronto fans, as the wife of former Maple Leafs goaltender Alex Reimer said she got similar threats from cyberbullies after the team's collapse against the Bruins in 2013.

The Bruins lost two of the three games they played in Toronto but won the series in seven games to advance to the second round against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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