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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - JANUARY 14: Mackenzie Blackwood #29 of the New Jersey Devils stops a shot by Charlie McAvoy #73 of the Boston Bruins in the first period during the home opening game at Prudential Center on January 14, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Charlie McAvoy asserted himself in his first game as the Bruins’ unquestioned No. 1 defenseman on Thursday against the Devils. One of his finest balls-on-the-table moments came when he dragged Miles Wood out of the crease like an overstuffed trash bag.

You can watch the nice little moment in the above video, via Conor Ryan of the Boston Sports Journal. McAvoy channeled a lot of dads with the move. Ever had to move some dusty old boxes to find something buried in the attic? Ever had enough of your kid’s tantrum and just want to leave the store? Then when you saw McAvoy subtly emasculate Wood in that moment, you felt it.

The hope is McAvoy is a lot of guys’ daddy with the way he plays this season. He absolutely ragdolled Egor Sharangovich on the game’s biggest hit, and unfortunately it was a tad late as it earned him an interference penalty. But it’s the kind of physicality that should serve McAvoy and the Bruins well in the long run.

McAvoy is the pivot point between the Bruins’ old guard and the new era. If they’re going to even sniff Stanley Cup contention in a season with so much roster turnover on defense, McAvoy is going to need to take a big step forward.

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He’s certainly trying to take a step forward in terms of being the alpha on the ice. Dragging Wood out of Tuukka Rask’s crease was a small glimpse of that assertiveness.

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