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McQuaid Won't Be Changing His Hard-Nosed Style

Veteran defenseman says injury won't lead to any alteration in his game

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Adam McQuaid has never been shy to put his body on the line. Time and again throughout his nine-year career, the rugged blue liner has sacrificed himself for the betterment of the Bruins - at times costing himself valuable playing time.

As has been the case for the last two months. McQuaid has been sidelined since Oct. 19 against the Vancouver Canucks when he acted as a human shield and blocked two shots with his leg, leading to a broken right fibula.

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DeBrusk Had 'That Moment' Against Islanders

Rookie had defining sequence with fight, deciding goal

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Jake DeBrusk has never been considered your average goal scorer. His abilities range far beyond what a typical top-six winger usually provides.

Among those attributes is a bit of an ornery side. And for the first time in his young career, the full wrath of that side came out during the second period of the Bruins' 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

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Stingy Defensive Effort Paces B's Over Islanders

Rask makes 30 saves for fourth straight win

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins knew they had their work cut out for them on Saturday night. Boston was getting its first look at rookie sniper Matthew Barzal, who has joined an already potent New York Islanders lineup that includes John Tavares, Anders Lee, and Josh Bailey to form one of the NHL's best offensive attacks.

A strong defensive effort was needed from top to bottom. And that's exactly what the Bruins put forth.

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B's Will Be Well Represented at World Juniors Camps

Six Boston prospects to compete for spots at tournament

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - The Bruins will be well represented when preliminary training camps for this year's IIHF World Junior Championship open up this week, with six prospects competing for spots in the upcoming tournament.

Trent Frederic, Ryan Lindgren, and Jeremy Swayman will be battling for places on Team USA's final roster, which is expected to be announced by Dec. 23. Urho Vaakanainen, last June's first-round pick, and Joona Koppanen will attend Finland's camp, while Oskar Steen has been invited to Sweden's camp.

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Bruins Set for Islanders' High-Powered Attack

Boston will get first look at rookie phenom Matthew Barzal

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins will welcome the New York Islanders and their high-powered offensive attack to TD Garden for the teams' first matchup of the season on Saturday night.

The meeting will also provide Boston with its first look at standout rookie Matthew Barzal. The 20-year-old center is third on the Islanders with 27 points (8 goals, 19 assists) in 28 games and leads the NHL in rookie scoring.

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Grzelcyk's Game is Growing

Rookie blue liner's minutes, confidence on the rise

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Goals and points are the easy way to determine how well a player is performing.

But there may be one other stat column that best provides a read on the way someone is playing, particularly a defenseman like Matt Grzelcyk. The uptick in the rookie blue liner's minutes over the last two games makes that clear.

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Bruins Week Ahead: December 8-15

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: David Pastrnak has recorded a point in seven consecutive games (4-4-8). The point-streak is the longest active streak in the NHL and the second longest of his career (11-game streak from Feb. 23 to March 16, 2017). The Bruins are 5-2-0 during Pastrnak's current point streak.

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "He's a huge leader for our team. He steps up all over the place - in the room, on the ice, on the bench. He's a big void when he's not playing. So we're very lucky to have him back." - Brad Marchand on the impact of David Backes.

 

TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 13): @MattKalman (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): "Nash called Heinen "Heiny" so that's a thing"

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Backes Set the Tone Against Arizona

Veteran forward pots first two goals of season in win over Coyotes

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - David Backes has not had it easy this season. And that's putting it mildly.

The veteran forward missed the first five games of the year as he battled diverticulitis, before suiting up for a five-game stretch in late October.

That return was short-lived. Despite his bout with the illness subsiding, the 33-year-old required surgery to remove part of his colon on Nov. 2 in an effort to prevent any further flare-ups.

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DeBrusk to Return Against Arizona

Spooner out with lower-body injury

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - After missing the last three games with an upper-body injury, Jake DeBrusk will make his return to the lineup on Thursday night against the Arizona Coyotes at TD Garden.

The rookie winger was back alongside David Krejci and Anders Bjork during pregame skate, reuniting a line that blended well when it was together earlier this season.

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Healthy Roster Creating A Good Problem for B's

DeBrusk's return is fueling competition

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins are about to have a pretty good problem on their hands.

For the first time this season - barring any further ailments that could certainly arise - the Black & Gold are approaching full health.

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