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Bruins' Jeremy Lauzon gets two-game suspension for hit vs. Coyotes

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Bruins' Jeremy Lauzon gets two-game suspension for hit vs. Coyotes

The NHL wasted no time handing down discipline to Jeremy Lauzon for his hit Saturday on Arizona Coyotes forward Derek Stepan.

The Boston Bruins defenseman was given a match penalty and ejected for checking Stepan in the head. Lauzon had a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety and subsequently was handed a two-game suspension for his actions.

(You can watch the explanation for Lauzon's suspension here).

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Lauzon will miss Sunday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings and Wednesday’s matchup against the Montreal Canadiens.

On the bright side, the Bruins own a six-game winning streak heading into Sunday.

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NHL Highlights: Bruins rally to take down Coyotes, 4-2

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NHL Highlights: Bruins rally to take down Coyotes, 4-2

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 4, Coyotes 2

IN BRIEF: The 10-day layoff has done wonders for the Bruins, who have won their sixth straight since the All-Star break after rallying to beat Arizona at home. Boston lost Jeremy Lauzon to an ejection, then spotted the Yotes a 1-0 lead, before rallying to take the lead thanks to timely tip-ins in front of the net by Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk. The Bruins maintain the best record in the NHL with 80 points; the Metro division-leading Washington Capitals are next with 77. 

BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 34–10-12 (80 points, 1st in Atlantic Division)

HIGHLIGHTS

LAUZON GETS EJECTED FOR THIS HIT

OLD NEMESIS KESSEL PUTS YOTES UP 1-0

ONLY TWO MINUTES FOR THIS?

COYLE TIES IT AT 1-1

BERGY PUTS B’S AHEAD, 2-1

DEBRUSK TIPS IT HOME, 3-1

UP NEXT:

At Detroit, Sunday, 12:30 p.m., NBC

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Here's how Bruins benefit from Devils trading Taylor Hall to Coyotes

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Here's how Bruins benefit from Devils trading Taylor Hall to Coyotes

One of the biggest trade targets in the NHL is on the move.

The New Jersey Devils traded star left winger Taylor Hall to the Arizona Coyotes for a package that includes multiple players and draft picks.

So, how does this move impact the Boston Bruins? It's actually a positive development. Here are three reasons for that.

1. Hall is out of the Eastern Conference
The Bruins own the second-best record in the league and the Eastern Conference with 48 points (21-7-6) through 34 games. There was always a chance Hall could've been dealt to an East contender, and that would've made it tougher for the B's to win the Prince of Wales Trophy in back-to-back seasons. East teams currently in a playoff spot such as the Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders all need another top-six forward with a proven goal-scoring résumé. Even a few of the top Western Conference contenders, including the Colorado Avalanche and defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues made a lot of sense as potential landing spots for Hall. 

The Coyotes are having a tremendous season. They surprisingly lead the Pacific Division, and Hall fills a huge need for them. Arizona enters Monday ranked 24th in the league in goals scored per game, which is the lowest ranking of the four division leaders. The Coyotes deserve a lot of credit for their hot start, but it's still way too early to view them as a legit championship contender. This fact, combined with Hall not going to one of the Bruins' primary competitors in the East, is a positive development for Boston.

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2. B's could still take advantage of Devils' situation

The Devils might not be done selling, and given their last-place standing in the Metropolitan Division, a firesale wouldn't be a bad idea. Who else could the Devils move before the trade deadline?

One name to watch is defenseman Sami Vatanen. The 28-year-old veteran is in the final year of his contract with a manageable salary cap hit of $4,875,000. Vatanen is a smooth skater with good offensive skills and the ability to log 20-plus minutes each game. He also could feature on a contender's second power play unit.

Devils right winger Kyle Palmieri also is an intriguing trade target. He is signed through the 2020-21 season with a $4.65 million cap hit. Palmieri has tallied 20 points (12 goals, eight assists) in 32 games, and it wouldn't be surprising if he came close to or hit the 30-goal mark. 

Both of these players would not cost as much as Hall to acquire.

3. The Bruins were wise to hold on to their best trade assets
Finding a way to bring Hall to Boston would've been hard from cost (players/prospects and draft picks) and salary cap perspectives. He has a $6 million cap hit (although the Devils retained some salary in this trade), which isn't a small number for a Bruins team with less than $2 million in cap space, per CapFriendly.

The Bruins have some talented prospects, and given the Devils' need for young defensemen, 2017 first-round pick Urho Vaakanainen might've been a prime target for New Jersey. The B's have been pretty good at holding on to their first-round picks. They've made a first-round selection in five of the last six drafts, and the only time over that span when the Bruins traded a first-rounder for a deadline rental was in 2018 for New York Rangers forward Rick Nash. Nash wasn't able to play at a high level in the playoffs that season due to injury. Hall has his own injury history to be concerned over. He had arthroscopic knee surgery in February, which ended his 2018-19 season early. He also scored just six goals in 30 games for New Jersey this season.

Hall is eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer, so giving up a package of valuable trade assets with the possibility of him leaving in July would've been quite a risk for Boston. The Bruins are better off holding on to their best trade assets for a different player.

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