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Cassidy: McAvoy 'Doing Terrific' After Procedure

Rookie blue liner released from hospital following ablation for abnormal heart rhythm

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - A day after undergoing an ablation to treat an abnormal heart rhythm, Bruins rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy has been released from Massachusetts General Hospital and is "doing very well…he's doing terrific," according to Boston coach Bruce Cassidy.

"My concern, and our concern as an organization, is obviously his health going forward," added Cassidy. "Whatever time he needs to recover…his health is our No. 1 priority."

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B's Big Fans of Patriots Success

Several players attended AFC Championship win over Jaguars

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Matt Grzelcyk knows perhaps better than anyone in the Bruins dressing room what the New England Patriots mean to the region. The 24-year-old blue liner grew up in Charlestown as a Patriots fan and has watched firsthand the team's dominant run of five Super Bowl titles over the last 17 seasons.

"I can remember when they won their first Super Bowl," said Grzelcyk. "Obviously they've been unbelievable, this stretch they've gone on is insane. There's a reason why they're so good, you can see how they are on the sidelines with each other, how passionate they are.

"It gives us a little bit of motivation to try to keep up with them. It's awesome to see and it's been great to be a part of it and see it firsthand growing up in Boston."

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Competition Fueling Bruins' Back End

Depth will help defense corps with McAvoy sidelined

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins will be without Charlie McAvoy for the next two weeks as he recovers from a procedure to treat an abnormal heart rhythm.

The absence of the Calder Trophy candidate is certainly a blow to the B's defense corps, but it is one Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy believes the team can manage based on the depth the Bruins have built on the back end.

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Bruins Issue Update On Charlie McAvoy

The 20-year-old defenseman underwent successful procedure to treat abnormal heart rhythm

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Boston Bruins Team Internist Dr. David Finn has issued the following statement on Charlie McAvoy :

Charlie McAvoy underwent a successful procedure today at the Massachusetts General Hospital to treat an abnormal heart rhythm.

Following the Bruins game on November 26, 2017, Charlie told team physicians that he experienced heart palpitations during the game. Subsequently he underwent an evaluation, which diagnosed him with a supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). The type of SVT Charlie has is not considered to be dangerous to his health but can recur at any time and causes significant symptoms.

After consultation with team physicians, as well as experts in this type of heart condition, Charlie decided to have the condition treated with a procedure called an ablation. The decision to have the procedure done at this time is due to a high probability of recurrence. During the period from the initial occurrence ‪through Saturday's game, Charlie was cleared to play by the medical team and was monitored closely.  

He will be monitored overnight at Mass General and the expected recovery period is two weeks.

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Brad Marchand Named NHL Third Star Of The Week

Marchand led the league in scoring with 2 goals, 5 assists

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - The National Hockey League announced today, January 22, that Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been named the NHL third star of the week for the week ending January 21.

Marchand, who was selected to his second-straight All-Star Game in 2018, led the league in scoring this week with two goals and five assists for seven points as the Bruins earned seven of a possible eight points to improve to 27-10-8 (62 points), second in the Eastern Conference. Marchand notched one goal and one assist in the team's 4-1 home win against Montreal on January 17. On January 18, the 5-foot-9, 181-pound left wing scored one goal and added two assists, as his linemate Patrice Bergeron recorded his second hat trick of the season in Boston's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Brooklyn. To finish the week, Marchand tallied two assists as the Bruins defeated the Canadiens 4-1 in Montreal on January 20 for their third win against their Atlantic Division rivals in one week.  

In his ninth NHL season, all with the Bruins, the 29-year-old Halifax, Nova Scotia native leads the team in scoring with 20 goals and 28 assists for 48 points in 37 games. His plus-24 rating is tied for first in the NHL while his 1.3 points per game ranks third among all skaters. Since January 1, Marchand is tied for the league lead in scoring with five goals and 11 assists for 16 points in eight games. 

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Sweet 16: B's Extend Streak With Win Over Montreal

Boston has points in 16 straight after 4-1 triumph over Canadiens

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

MONTREAL - There is an old hockey adage that says there is no such thing as a bad shot. Good things - they say - happen when you get the puck to the net.

David Pastrnak proved those theories right on Saturday night.

With the Bruins down by a goal late in the second, Pastrnak spotted Brad Marchand open at the backdoor and quickly whipped the puck towards the front of the net. But the puck never made it to Marchand. Instead, it clanked off of Montreal goalie Carey Price and over the goal line to tie the game.

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Need to Know: Bruins at Canadiens

McQuaid remains in lineup; Miller skates, but will not play

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

MONTREAL - Kevan Miller returned to the ice for morning skate after missing the last two games with an illness, but will not play on Saturday night in Montreal. With Miller out again, Adam McQuaid will remain in the lineup on the right side of Boston's third pairing.

"It's difficult, but I talked to Kevan about it. He hasn't really had a full practice; we're going well," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. "I don't think it will be a long-term thing, but I make no promises what our lineup will look like Tuesday.

"He understands. Adam went through it. It's a little bit of that competition thing we wanted up and down our lineup. That's a bit of it. It's also, again, not having a full practice coming back in.

"I think it will benefit him more to have a couple more days as well."

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Bruins Announce Bruins Rhode Island License Plate

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins and the Boston Bruins Foundation announced today that Bruins fans in Rhode Island will now be able to order a special Boston Bruins Rhode Island license plate, which will benefit Rhode Island Youth Hockey. Fans with a private passenger vehicle* registered in Rhode Island are eligible to apply.

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Bruins Week Ahead: January 19-26

Stay up to date on all the latest news, notes and numbers

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

THIS WEEK'S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

STAT OF THE WEEK: During the Bruins 15-game points streak (11-0-4) from December 16 to January 18, the Bruins led the NHL with 61 goals scored and a shooting percentage of 11.7%. Patrice Bergeron led the league with 12 goals over that span, which included two hat tricks in six games (1/6 vs. CAR, 1/18 @ NYI). He became the first Bruin to register two hat tricks in the same season since Bill Guerin in 2002 while passing Wayne Cashman for seventh place on the Bruins all-time goals list in the process (278 goals).

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Good teams get help from every line. You know when a line goes over the boards what their role is and what they're going to do, and I think right now everyone has a great idea of what their job is for this team. That line in particular does a good job getting us energy and…it just trickles down." -Torey Krug on the Bruins' fourth line

TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 19): @GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Given today's events, Claude will sing the anthem, Rene will coach, and Willie O'Ree will be the No. 1 center.

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Spooner Just Right on the Right Wing

The forward has scored six goals in the past eight games while playing on the right side

by Michael Tolvo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - Since appearing in his first NHL games with the Bruins in 2012, Ryan Spooner has been searching for the right fit in the Bruins lineup. Now in 2018, it appears the right fit for the natural center might just be on the right side.

Spooner was shifted to David Krejci's right wing when the Bruins played the Senators on December 30. The Ottawa-native has proceeded to pot six goals in his past eight games, including the Bruins second goal in Thursday's 5-2 victory over the Islanders.

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