Boston Bruins

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Brandon Carlo #25, Patrice Bergeron #37 and Jake DeBrusk #74 of the Boston Bruins celebrate a goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period at Arena on February 28, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Do the Los Angeles Kings know that they will not get any sort of commission on a Jake DeBrusk trade?

Because the Kings did wonders for the 25-year-old DeBrusk’s trade value Monday night. In a night that started with a Jonathan Quick flub on a DeBrusk shot, the Kings’ Mikey Anderson gifted DeBrusk a hot start his second goal in the opening 13:37 of play before DeBrusk capped his first career hat trick with a tip-in tally and added an assist for good measure in a 7-0 win.

On the board with a natural hat trick to put the Bruins up by three just 53 seconds into the middle frame, the Bruins continued their assault on the Los Angeles net with a Patrice Bergeron power-play marker at the 11:40 mark of the second period, and ended Quick’s night with a Taylor Hall bullet through the veteran netminder just 1:02 after Bergeron’s tally.

But the Bruins weren’t done, and it was Erik Haula who decided to torment Cal Petersen in his 27:18 of relief, with a pair of third-period tucks for a seven-goal edge that held by the night’s end thanks to a 34-save shutout from Jeremy Swayman.

The shutout continued what’s been a straight-up excellent stretch of hockey for the 23-year-old Swayman, with five wins and a .971 save percentage over his last six games. The run directly coincides with Swayman feeling a touch of Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy’s wrath following a subpar performance against the Penguins earlier in the month. So, uh, message received.

For the Bruins, it was the first seven-goal victory since an 8-1 final over the Canadiens back on Nov. 26, 2019.

The Bruins will wrap up their California swing with a Tuesday night meeting with the Ducks. This will be the Bruins’ first trip to Anaheim since Feb. 15, 2019, and the Bruins will be looking for consecutive wins in Anaheim for the first time since the team rattled off back-to-back wins there in 1999 and 2000.

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