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Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk in league's concussion protocol

Putting an end to the worst kept secret within the confines of Warrior Ice Arena, the Boston Bruins finally confirmed on Thursday that winger Jake DeBrusk, absent for the last three games, is in the league's concussion protocol.

It's not all bad news, though, as Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has noted the positives of DeBrusk's recovery.

"Less symptoms today," Cassidy said after Thursday's practice at Warrior. "So going in the right direction."

Believed to have suffered the concussion when a Danton Heinen shot to the back of the head in a Nov. 26 loss to the Maple Leafs, DeBrusk would suit up in the next four games before reporting to the team facility "not feeling well" on Dec. 7.

With DeBrusk on the shelf, the Bruins have relied heavily on a first line boosted by the addition of David Krejci, which has left the Bruins without much of a second line, to be perfectly honest. Fortunately for the Bruins, a 'kid line' with Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson between Heinen and Ryan Donato has come through with a much-needed offensive lift.

The 22-year-old DeBrusk has 10 goals and 12 points through 28 games this season.

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