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Krejci Connecting With Bruins Top Line

Center, playing with Marchand and Pastrnak, notches three assists in 800th career game

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand are goal scorers, plain and simple. Get them the puck and most of the time they'll take care of the rest.

Patrice Bergeron - a gifted scorer in his own right - knows this as well as anybody. But with the Bruins' No. 1 center sidelined by injury, Boston's top wingers needed someone to help them navigate through the extended absence of their partner in crime.

In an effort to balance his offense, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was hesitant to load up his top trio by adding David Krejci to the mix. But an injury to Jake DeBrusk, which has caused him to miss the last three games, opened up an opportunity to play his best three offensive players together.

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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Coyotes

DeBrusk still sidelined as Boston looks for third straight win

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins welcome the Arizona Coyotes to TD Garden on Tuesday night in search of their third straight victory. Boston is coming off a 4-point weekend, courtesy of wins of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, and will be looking to continue that momentum back on home ice.

"We had a couple pretty good games, but we can't get caught up in that," said Brad Marchand. "We had a tough one in Florida, even the Tampa game I thought we played pretty well. I think it's a really good team. We have to keep it going, we can't get caught up in a couple wins. We need to make sure we continue to do things the way that allowed us to play well the last couple games.

"We're gonna go through stints where we're really good and times where we're not. It's about how we rebound from every game. We can't get caught up in those games and let them go and focus on having another good one tonight."

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Krug Notches OT Winner for B's in Ottawa

Blue liner picks up second goal of the weekend in Boston's 2-1 victory

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

OTTAWA - Torey Krug was not short on production over his first 17 games of the season. After missing the opening three weeks of the year with an ankle injury, the blue liner racked up 12 assists following his return to the Bruins lineup.

As, perhaps, Boston's most skilled offensive blue liner, that kind of output is nothing to scoff at. But there was still another step to take.

Ultimately, as Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy put it, Krug is a scorer - as evidenced by his double-digit goal totals in three of his previous five seasons. And it appears now that he is well on his way to another such campaign.

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Smith Set to Make Bruins Debut

Forward, claimed off waivers on Thursday, will slide onto fourth line

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Gemel Smith has never known anything other than Dallas during his six-year professional career. Drafted by the Stars in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft, the 24-year-old suited up for 77 games over parts of three seasons with Dallas, forming plenty of relationships and memories along the way.

But now the Toronto native is set for a new chapter. Claimed off of waivers by the Bruins on Thursday afternoon, Smith will make his Black & Gold debut on Saturday night against the Maple Leafs at TD Garden.

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Bruins Fall to Red Wings in Rare Home Loss

Boston drops just third home game of the season in chippy affair at TD Garden

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins dropped just their third home game of the season on Saturday night, falling to the Detroit Red Wings, 4-2, at TD Garden.

Despite goals from David Backes and Ryan Donato - as well as 23 saves from Tuukka Rask - Boston, which landed 40 shots, struggled to capitalize on its chances and went just 1 for 6 on the power play.

Donato's goal tied the game, 2-2, at 5:31 of the third on the Bruins' lone power-play tally, but Frans Nielsen tipped home the eventual winner from the slot just over six minutes later. Gustav Nyquist potted an empty netter with 27 seconds to play to seal it.

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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Red Wings

Carlo, Krejci expected in the lineup against Detroit

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins will look to continue their strong play at TD Garden - they sport a 9-2-0 home record, tops in the National Hockey League - as they welcome the Detroit Red Wings to town on Saturday night.

The teams have split the previous two matchups this season, with the Bruins cruising to an 8-2 win at the Garden on Oct. 13 and the Red Wings taking a 3-2 overtime decision on Thanksgiving Eve in Detroit.

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Donato Notches Winner in Return

One day after recall from Providence, winger secures Bruins shootout victory over Isles

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - There were plenty of reasons for Ryan Donato to be happy when he arrived at the rink on Thursday morning.

For one, he was no longer in Providence, summoned by the Bruins some 24 hours earlier following a month-long stint down I-95. He also found out he'd be returning to the lineup against the New York Islanders for his first NHL contest since Oct. 30.

And just for an added bonus, the game would be played on a night that Rick Middleton - his father Ted's favorite player - would be honored with his No. 16 hoisted to the TD Garden rafters.

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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Islanders

Donato back in the lineup as Boston hosts Rick Middleton retirement ceremony

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - When Ryan Donato arrived in Boston to begin his NHL career last spring, he was hoping that he'd be able to don his favorite number.

Throughout his hockey career, the Scituate native wore 16 - a number that he became quite familiar with throughout his childhood thanks to his father and former Bruins forward Ted Donato.

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Pastrnak Pots Two, But B's Lose in Toronto

Boston's five-game points streak ends with 4-2 setback

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

TORONTO - David Pastrnak notched two goals to end his five-game goal-less drought, but the Bruins five-game points streak also came to an end on Monday night with a 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena.

The Bruins - via Pastrnak - twice came back to tie the game, but Josh Leivo's power-play tally with 1:22 remaining in the second proved to be the difference.

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Need to Know: Bruins at Maple Leafs

Boston closes out stretch of four games in six days with divisional showdown

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

TORONTO - The Bruins will close out their stretch of four games in six days - three of which were on the road - when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Atlantic Division showdown on Monday night at Scotiabank Arena.

"It's huge, especially at the moment with our team dealing with injuries," said Jake DeBrusk, who enters the contest with seven goals in his last nine games. "I think right now it's 4-point games, obviously, but it's a little bit more than that. It was a big win last game in Montreal, now we're looking to do the same here in Toronto.

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