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Sweeney: Holden Deal Bolsters Back End Depth

Veteran defenseman acquired from Rangers for O'Gara, draft pick

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

EDMONTON, Alberta - The Bruins learned the hard way last spring that a team can never have enough defensemen. Injuries to Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo, Adam McQuaid, and Colin Miller left Boston dipping deep into its defense depth during its first-round playoff series with the Ottawa Senators.

As such, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney wants to make sure his troops are well equipped to handle such hardship if they intend to make a deep postseason run this time around.

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DeBrusk Excited to Play in Hometown

Rookie will suit up for first game in Edmonton as an NHLer

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

EDMONTON, Alberta - Jake DeBrusk was just nine years old when the Oilers surged to the Stanley Cup Final in the spring of 2006. But the Edmonton native remembers well watching his favorite team fall a game short of championship lore.

"I was here for a couple tough years, but I was also here for their Cup run," DeBrusk recalled. "My favorite player was Ryan Smyth. I think that he was just the ultimate Oiler. There was a game in the playoffs that he got stitches and was bleeding and came back and scored in overtime.

"I remember going to those games, one against Detroit when they won in Game 6. [Smith], [Ales] Hemsky, [Sergei] Samsonov. I remember that whole team."

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Bruins Acquire Nick Holden In Trade With Rangers

Boston sends Rob O'Gara, 2018 3rd-round pick to New York

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, February 20, that the team has acquired defenseman Nick Holden from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Rob O'Gara and a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.  

Sweeney will be available to the media today outside the team's dressing room at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta during the team's morning skate at approximately 11:30 a.m. local time (1:30 p.m. ET). 

Holden, 30, has skated in 55 games with New York in 2017-18, recording three goals and nine assists for 12 points with 14 penalty minutes. In his first season with the Rangers in 2016-17, Holden skated in 80 games and established career highs in all offensive categories with 11 goals and 23 assists for 34 points with a plus-13 rating. He added two goals and two assists in 11 postseason games.

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Donato Notches Two More Goals in Team USA Victory

Bruins prospect helps pace Americans to quarterfinals in South Korea

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - Ryan Donato's torrid performance in South Korea continued on Tuesday, as the Bruins prospect potted two more goals in Team USA's 5-1 victory over Slovakia in the win-or-go-home qualification round of the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Americans move on to play the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals (Tuesday at 10:10 ET on CNBC).

Donato now has four goals in four games during the tournament, matching the total his father, Ted, tallied in eight games at the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France.

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Top Dogs Deliver In B's Bounce Back Win

Marchand, Pastrnak, Rask lead way in 2-1 overtime victory over Calgary

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

CALGARY, Alberta - Perhaps the biggest reason for the Bruins' success this season has been the balanced contributions the team has received from throughout the lineup. From its fourth line, to its five rookies, to its championship-tested core, everyone has chipped in at crucial moments.

But sometimes a team needs to lean on its leaders, particularly after the way things turned out in Vancouver on Saturday night.

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Bruins Get Back to Basics

Hard practice in Calgary focuses on shoring up defensive game

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

CALGARY, Alberta - The Bruins got back to basics on Sunday afternoon.

Following their 6-1 beat down at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks, Bruce Cassidy made sure his players put an emphasis on shoring up their defensive play - an aspect of Boston's game that has slipped over the last week or so.

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Bruins Open Trip With Loss to Vancouver

Boston surrenders four first-period goals in 6-1 loss to Canucks

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Bruce Cassidy had started to see the signs over the last handful of games.

With the exception of their loss to Buffalo last weekend, however, the Bruins had largely overcome their building defensive shortcomings, winning back-to-back games - while scoring five goals in each contest - entering their meeting with Vancouver.

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Need to Know: Bruins at Canucks

Boston expects tough test against Vancouver's forward group

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The Bruins kick off a five-game road trip on Saturday night against the Canucks, a team they have not seen since mid-October - a 6-3 win for Boston at TD Garden.

Vancouver, coming off of a 4-1 loss to San Jose on Thursday, has dropped seven of its last 10 games and sits in last place in the Pacific Division.

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Vancouver Remains Special Place for Bergeron

Boston to kick off lengthy five-game trip against Canucks

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - It has been nearly seven years since Patrice Bergeron hoisted the Stanley Cup over his head at Rogers Arena, but he has certainly not forgotten how impactful this city has been on his career.

"I wouldn't say that I'm necessarily circling the date on the calendar, but anytime I see that's where we're going, it definitely brings back a lot of great memories," said Bergeron, who helped the Bruins to their first title in 39 years with two goals in a Game 7 victory over the Canucks in 2011.

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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: February 16 - February 23

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

THIS WEEK'S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

STAT OF THE WEEK: On Saturday, February 17 in Vancouver, the Bruins will begin a five-game road trip - their longest of the season. The Bruins enter the trip having played the fewest road games in the NHL (25) but with the highest point percentage (.800%). Their 16-5-4 record puts them in a three-way tie for third in points gained on the road this season (36).

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