The good news for the Bruins: Jake DeBrusk’s heater is back on, and in a big way.
And to be honest, scoring his third goal in as many games wasn’t easy the thing you should be most excited about. In a decided game where it could’ve been entirely too easy to simply take your foot off the gas and shift your focus on getting through the night injury-free, DeBrusk straight-up bullied the Devils’ Ty Smith on a 50-50 puck on the forecheck, and completely created the goal scored by the Bruins’ Brad Marchand to make it 6-1.
Marchand makes it 6-1 Boston. DeBrusk wins the puck with a big forecheck on Ty Smith pic.twitter.com/IAqFCFpFSM— Spoked Z (@SpokedZ) April 1, 2022
Just a straight mugging. But exactly what this team needs from Top Line DeBrusk this spring.
“That’s playoff hockey right there,” Marchand said of that sequence. “That is the type of hockey we’re going to need going forward. You look at the teams around the league that are in playoff position, especially in the East [and] the teams we’re gonna see. They’re big, heavy, the D are tough and they compete hard. We’re gonna have that every single night moving forward.
“It’s something we have to establish every night.”
Now, ‘every night’ has always been a bit of the problem with No. 74. It’s what has landed him in the doghouse before, and it seems likely to pop up again between now and the end of the season. That just tends to be how it is for the 25-year-old. But the Bruins do believe that DeBrusk is back to having fun, and that his mind is finally clear after going through three months of pure uncertainty with his trade request unsuccessfully fulfilled by Bruins general manager Don Sweeney.
“Jake has found his game,” Marchand offered. “There seems to be a weight lifted off his shoulders.”
“Right now it’s going in for him [and that] seems to get him more excited, so let’s ride with it,” said Cassidy.
The confidence in riding with it beyond the obvious production is that the Bruins believe that DeBrusk’s clearer head allows him to get back to center than maybe in years (or even months) past when the lulls would simply never end.
“That’s one of the differences [now]: He finds his game quicker than maybe he had in the past,” Cassidy offered. “Maybe some of that has to do with who he’s playing with as well. They tend to create a lot of opportunities no matter what.”
Great news when the heater’s on.
Here’s some other thoughts and notes from a blowout dub over the Devils…