By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Boston Bruins concluded the 2018 NHL O.R.G China Games with a pair of goals — and more than a couple bathroom trips — from winger Jake DeBrusk in a 3-1 final over the Calgary Flames.
After the game, DeBrusk noted that he felt OK until 10 minutes before warmups, and that was a sign of things to come, as the winger dealt with an extended second-period absence that saw DeBrusk make a break for the locker room.
“I don’t know what the term is here, but he had the runs,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of DeBrusk. “I don’t know if you can translate that. Several bathroom breaks in a row. Obviously he was able to get back out there.”
????@JDebrusk (two goals) on taking care of business in Beijing:— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) September 19, 2018
"I was feeling perfectly fine until 10 minutes before warmups…it was all good. Was lucky enough to get back out there." pic.twitter.com/g3mBOfHqIu
DeBrusk’s trip was an adventurous one to say the least, as he also scored the shootout winner in Boston’s first China game against the Flames this past weekend. And on a line with Ryan Donato and Jack Studnicka, the second-year pro seemed to generate some considerable chemistry with Donato, which should be enough to excite David Krejci.
The China group will now fly back to Boston, where they will merge with the club’s domestic group to make one camp (and with cuts down to P-Bruins camp sure to follow for some) ahead of Saturday night’s game in Detroit.
But don’t expect Cassidy to rush that group back onto the ice for that game.
“Very few of these guys will play Saturday [in Detroit]. They won’t be on the ice for a couple days,” Cassidy acknowledged. “[Martin Bakos, Peter Cehlarik, and Charlie McAvoy] could potentially play Saturday because they didn’t play tonight. It’s a quick turnaround the players that play tonight we’re looking at more Monday than Saturday.”
Though rolling with a split squad, Wednesday’s victory pushed the Bruins to 4-0-0 this preseason.
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