DeBrusk "looking forward to next step" after scoring binge at rookie camp

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DeBrusk "looking forward to next step" after scoring binge at rookie camp

BRIGHTON -- Jake DeBrusk was just a wide-eyed kid a year ago at his first Bruins rookie camp fresh off being selected in the first round. But DeBrusk still managed to impress Bruins coach Claude Julien with his willingness to battle as a “skill player”, and the kind of hockey smarts he showed off in game situations as the son of a former NHL player in Louie DeBrusk.

This time around DeBrusk brought the offense with him as a more experienced 19-year-old winger with a decent shot at winning an NHL roster spot with the Black and Gold, and scored a goal in each of the two rookie camp games in Buffalo. In both instances DeBrusk was set up by fellow forward prospect Peter Cehlarik, and scored power play goals showing off both his excellent shot and his ability to move into scoring positions without the puck.

COUNTDOWN TO CAMP PREVIEWS

DeBrusk is overjoyed at getting his training camp off to a strong start with the rookies, and now the talented winger is geared up to fight for a roster spot with a group of fellow B’s forward prospects.

“The games and just they were being played, I felt way more comfortable and back to myself,” said DeBrusk, who was held to 21 goals in 61 junior games last season while battling through injury issues. “It felt nice to score some goals; that’s for sure. I got some really good passes. Pretty much both of them were identical, and I’ll always score those ones.

“I’m looking forward to the next step now, and just want to keep going. I [think I got to show] my game, my style and how hard I work from goal line to goal line. Being in and around the net and my goal-scoring touch, I think I did a good job of that over the weekend. I think a lot of [Bruins prospects] were able to show their worth. I was happy with how I played, and was able to show my style of hockey.”

DeBrusk, Heinen and Cehlarik all enjoyed extremely good rookie camps, and will join the fray with other veterans like Peter Mueller to compete for at least one open winger spot among Boston’s top-9 forward group this season.

Now it’s up to DeBrusk to dig into main training camp as it starts on Thursday, and keep showing off the shot, release and hockey IQ that’s allowed the youngster to score goals at every level of hockey he’s played at during his young career.

MacArthur OT goal gives Senators 3-2 win, ends Bruins season

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MacArthur OT goal gives Senators 3-2 win, ends Bruins season

BOSTON – The Bruins should have their heads held high because they battled valiantly before falling to the Senators in Game 6.

Ultimately the B’s couldn’t pull off any more overtime magic and a Clarke MacArthur power play goal 6:30 into overtime gave Ottawa a 3-2 win in the extra session at TD Garden, and handed the Senators a 4-2 win in the best-of-seven playoff series to advance to a second round match-up with the New York Rangers. A David Pastrnak holding call after hauling down MacArthur set up the OT power play for Ottawa and ultimately became Boston’s undoing.

The Bruins struck first in the opening period after killing off three different delay of game penalties for B’s players flinging the puck over the glass into the stands, and then scored on their first power play of the first. Drew Stafford played a two-man game with Brad Marchand at the high point and then smoked a one-timer under the bar from the right circle to get things going.

Ottawa stormed back in the second period with two goals of their own: Bobby Ryan tipped home a Derick Brassard point blast on the power play for his fourth goal of the series, and Kyle Turris snapped one home from the high slot after a turnover deep in Boston’s zone by Stafford. The PP goal was particularly frustrating as it came on a leg check call on Charlie McAvoy after two B’s players had been taken out (Colin Miller, David Krejci) on uncalled Ottawa leg checks earlier in the series.

The B’s tied it up in the third period on a bad line change from the Sens with Boston’s best offensive players on the ice. Colin Miller worked it up quickly to Marchand, who fired one at the net that Craig Anderson stopped initially before not being able to hold back Patrice Bergeron crashing the net for the rebound score.

Injured Krejci out, Belesky in for Bruins for Game 6 vs. Ottawa

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Injured Krejci out, Belesky in for Bruins for Game 6 vs. Ottawa

BOSTON -- The Bruins won’t have David Krejci (lower body) in the lineup for Game 6 as they look to stay alive in their first-round series against the Ottawa Senators.

Krejci was knocked out of Friday night’s Game 5 double-overtime win after a knee-on-knee hit from Chris Wideman in the first period that set off the Bruins when the Ottawa D-man reportedly chirped the injured Bruins center.

With Krejci out, one might have expected Ryan Spooner to replace him given Spooner’s power-play capabilities and his offensive upside in a top-6 role. But Bruce Cassidy will go with Matt Beleskey while moving around some of the pieces in his lineup. Beleskey hasn’t played since taking a couple of penalties in the Game 2 loss to the Sens in Ottawa, but the hope is that his heavy forechecking ability can have the same kind of impact Sean Kuraly had Friday night.

“Beleskey will go in and we’ll move some things around,” said Cassidy. “It’s become much more of a down-low grind game offensively for us, and that’s his strength. He can get on people, get on pucks, win battles and get to the net. So he should be afforded an opportunity to play to his strength. This is going to be less of a line-rush game, so now the people that are going in are more suited to that: [Noel] Acciari, Kuraly and Beleskey.”

It could also benefit the Bruins from a veteran experience perspective as well as Beleskey has a well-established big game reputation during his playoff stints with Anaheim. He popped in eight goals during a 16-game postseason stint with the Ducks just prior to signing a big free-agent deal with the Bruins two seasons ago.