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Marchand Makes A Dream Come True

Winger sets up experience of a lifetime for young patient

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Brad Marchand can dish out a chirp as well as anyone.

Whether it's on the ice, through social media, or in person, he has little trouble throwing some shade. But Marchand may have met his match.

Jillian Murphy, who suffers from a genetic connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, first met Marchand during the team's annual holiday hospital visit in mid-December.

It was then that Murphy, 28, fired the first shot.

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@Bmarch63 vs. @ToreyKrug: An Oral History

A firsthand account of the duo's long-standing Twitter feud

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Neither one of them knows when the next notification may pop up.

But when it does, they're always prepared.

The Twitter duel between Brad Marchand (@Bmarch63) and Torey Krug (@ToreyKrug) dates back over five years - with the occasional back-and-forth jabs - but of late the feud has escalated. And it doesn't appear that it will be slowing down any time soon.

"I've got a couple other ones that are sitting up my sleeve for the next time we start firing off," said Marchand, who debuted his new Instagram (also @Bmarch63) on Friday morning. "It's escalating and people are having a lot of fun with it. We're having some fun with it, too, and we're always excited to see what each other's gonna come up with next and how we're gonna respond. It's been a lot of fun."

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DeBrusk Day-to-Day With Lower-Body Injury

Cassidy says winger's ailment does not appear to be long-term

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - The Bruins announced shortly before Thursday night's game with Florida that Jake DeBrusk would miss the contest with a lower-body injury and is considered day-to-day.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy provided a further update following Boston's dramatic 4-3 victory over Florida.

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Bruins Show Fight, Stun Florida In Final Minute

Boston pots two quick goals to extend point streak to 18 games

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Nobody could have blamed the Bruins if they got a bit complacent on Thursday night.

The objective is always to win, of course, but with a 17-game point streak in their pocket and a two-goal deficit staring them in the face, a down night was almost to be expected. Especially with the news pregame that they would be without Jake DeBrusk - the team's hottest player - due to a lower-body injury.

The Bruins, however, were not interested in that kind of a mentality.

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Wagner Finding A Home

Walpole native having career year as staple on Bruins fourth line

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - As he glided into the faceoff circle to begin overtime on Tuesday night, Chris Wagner couldn't help but take a few seconds to reflect.

He was deployed for the opening draw along with John Moore and fellow Massachusetts native Charlie Coyle, with whom he has been friends since their teenage days, when both suited up for the South Shore Kings.

The moment, while fleeting, prompted those memories to come flooding back.

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DeBrusk-Krejci Connection Continues to Grow

Duo hooks up for two more goals in Bruins win over Carolina

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - The Bruins have been led by a dominant duo for much of the past decade.

As evidenced by their silky smooth shorthanded hook up to put the Bruins up by a goal early in the third period on Tuesday night, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand have become an inseparable tandem that has morphed into, perhaps, the best three-zone pair in the National Hockey League.

Though of late, they've had some company - from within their own dressing room.

Over the past month, there has been no better connection than the one between David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. And that success continued in the Bruins' 4-3 overtime victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden.

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Pastrnak Takes Next Step in Recovery

Winger skates with stick as he rehabs from thumb procedure

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - David Pastrnak took the latest step in his recovery from a thumb procedure on Tuesday when he skated while carrying a stick during a quick workout at Warrior Ice Arena.

"That's a good sign," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. "Obviously that's probably another level of protocol that he had to get through."

Pastrnak has missed the last nine games after injuring his left thumb during a fall following a team sponsorship dinner on Feb. 10. The winger, who began skating on his own early on Feb. 25, is expected to be in a cast for at least another week, before transitioning into a splint, at which time he could re-join the team.

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Acciari's Toughness Was on Full Display

Two days after puck to mouth, forward notches first multi-point game in B's win over Tampa

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Bruce Cassidy did not hold back when describing Noel Acciari's condition on Wednesday afternoon.

"Noel had extensive dental work done this morning," Cassidy said after Acciari missed practice to deal with the aftermath of a Brent Burns clear attempt to the mouth on Tuesday night against the Sharks.

"I don't believe there's anything long term, like jaw or anything broken, but there's some teeth that are all over the place, so we'll see how he is in the morning."

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B's Set for Showdown with Tampa

Top two teams in Eastern Conference will meet for first of three meetings over final weeks of season

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Following their loss to the New York Rangers on Jan. 19, the team's final game before the nine-day bye week, the Bruins had 59 points, the ninth-most in the National Hockey League. At that time, they sat 17 points behind the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.

Since that setback to the Rangers nearly six weeks ago, Boston has not lost in regulation, surging to a 10-0-4 record and third place in the overall league standings with 83 points.

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Johansson Provides Versatility Up Front

Forward acquired from New Jersey at deadline for two picks

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - The Bruins added more versatility to their forward group at Monday's trade deadline with the acquisition of Marcus Johansson from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 fourth-round pick.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney noted Johansson's flexibility as one of his most attractive assets, with the 28-year-old bringing the ability to play all three forward positions and scoring touch to the top nine.

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