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Sweeney: Donato Will Get An Opportunity

The 21-year-old could make his NHL debut as early as Monday

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - As the Bruins cruise towards a spot in the postseason, they've added another potential piece of the puzzle with the signing of highly-touted forward prospect Ryan Donato.

General manager Don Sweeney announced on Sunday evening that he had inked the 21-year-old Scituate native to a two-year, entry-level contract. The Harvard standout will forego his senior season with the Crimson and join the Bruins, for whom he will be eligible to play on Monday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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McAvoy Making Best of Injury

Defenseman hopes to return before end of regular season

by Michael Tolvo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON  - For the first time, Charlie McAvoy is experiencing the grind of an 82-game NHL season. The 19-year-old has been a cornerstone to the Bruins defense thus far, but now he is faced with an obstacle he has yet to experience.

"I've never had any knee problems, lower body things like that," said McAvoy. "[I've] played thousands of hockey games at whatever level and nothing like that. Just kind of felt a little confused as to what happened."

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Hold-en Up His End of the Deal

Newly acquired defenseman has fit in well since trade with Rangers

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Nick Holden knew what he was getting into. When he arrived in Boston late last month following a trade with the New York Rangers, the veteran blue liner was joining a team already stacked with eight defensemen on the NHL roster.

Breaking into the lineup was not going to be immediate - or easy. And whether or not he became a fixture on the back end once he did was not a given, either.

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BPD, BFD Team Up for Battle of the Badges Charity Game

Event raised $30,000 for the Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation and Franciscan Children's

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / - On Sunday evening, the Bruins joined the Boston Police Hockey Club and the Boston Fire Hockey Club to host the second annual Battle of the Badge hockey game.

The event raised $30,000 for the Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation and Franciscan Children's. BPD won the contest, 7-5, in front of a crowd of over 800 at TD Garden.

The inaugural Battle of the Badges in April 2017 raised $20,000 for the Boston Bruins Foundation.

Check out some photos from the event:

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Bruins Host Second Annual Girls Hockey Day

Over 400 hockey players from across New England participated

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / - Over 400 hockey players from across New England gathered at TD Garden on Sunday for the second annual Girls Hockey Day. Throughout the day, members of the Boston Pride (National Women's Hockey League) and Boston Blades (Canadian Women's Hockey League), as well as Bruins alumni Andy Brickley and Tommy Songin helped run on-ice clinics and participate in Q&A sessions.

Check out some photos from the event:

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Krejci, Nash Developing Instant Chemistry

Duo has been rolling in three games since trade

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - David Krejci was quite pleased with his performance on Thursday night. After all, his fourth-career hat trick helped pace the Bruins to a scintillating 8-4 win over the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden.  

On his first goal, Krejci connected once again with Rick Nash, finishing a silky backhanded feed from the newly acquired winger to set off a first-period barrage. It was a hook up more commonly executed by longtime teammates, rather than a duo that has been together for just three games. But the partnership has fostered quickly, and with the help of Jake DeBrusk has built a dangerous second trio behind Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, and Patrice Bergeron - once the latter returns from injury.

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Gionta Excited to Be Back in Boston

Boston College alum returns to where his hockey career took off

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - It has been 17 years since Brian Gionta called Boston home.

But after a whirlwind three weeks, which included a stint as Team USA's captain at the 208 Winter Olympics in South Korea, the former Boston College standout has returned to the Hub to resume his National Hockey League career, agreeing to a one-year, one-way contract worth $700,000 with the Bruins on Sunday.

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Bergeron: Patience Will Be A Virtue During Recovery

Center will have fractured right foot evaluated in two weeks

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Patrice Bergeron admits that patience is not quite his virtue at the moment. And who could blame him.

With the Bruins about to hit the home stretch, their alternate captain received some difficult news on Tuesday when the team announced that he suffered a fractured right foot over the weekend and would be evaluated in two weeks.

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With Deadline Done, Bruins Ready for Home Stretch

Boston adds veteran depth to help solidify roster

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Don Sweeney's big trade deadline splash came on Sunday morning, when he swung a deal with the New York Rangers for hulking winger Rick Nash. But his three other acquisitions over the past week shouldn't be discounted.

The Bruins general manager believes the additions of defenseman Nick Holden and forwards Brian Gionta and Tommy Wingels (acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday for a conditional fifth round pick in 2019) will be crucial depth pieces as the Bruins charge towards the postseason.

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Nash Brings Different Dimension to Bruins' Lineup

New acquisition hoping to be strong complement on Krejci's wing

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / - Rick Nash has played against David Krejci for the better part of a decade. And the 33-year-old spoke glowingly of the center's talents during his introductory meeting with the Boston media on Sunday afternoon in Buffalo.

"It's a wonderful opportunity to get a chance to play with a world-class player like that," said Nash before his Bruins debut on Sunday night. "It's just something where you let the coaches worry more about that stuff and see where you fit in, but I've played Boston for many years, and they're a tough team to play against with a lot of talent, so I'm happy to be a part of it."

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