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Jake DeBrusk: Making noise early in the playoffs

Published April 25, 2024 at 9:09 PM

Jake DeBrusk's prowess as a goal scorer is undeniable, especially when he hits the ice for a power play opportunity. Despite the Boston Bruins' recent struggles on the man advantage, DeBrusk remains optimistic, seeing each power play as a chance to turn the tide in their favor.

"I'm always excited," DeBrusk expressed. "It's always a chance to score. At the same time, you try to use it as momentumjust seeing one fall helps with that, knowing that we can break the dam and not get scored on. In saying that, every game is different."

Despite the Bruins' challenges in the latter part of the regular season, their power play has ignited in the first-round series against Toronto. DeBrusk has been instrumental in this resurgence, netting three power-play goals, including a pair in Game 1. With Boston converting on 50% of their power plays in the series so far, DeBrusk's contributions have been pivotal.

"As a net-front guy, I just try to find spots to be open," DeBrusk explained, reflecting on his success. "Sometimes it just takes one to fall. But at the same time, it's waves and flows of the season. I think it happens with every group, even the best power plays in the league."

Coach Jim Montgomery attributes the power play's improvement to the restructuring of units, fostering healthy competition and freeing players' minds from preconceived notions.

"I just think the pace with which we're playing with. The pucks are moving, people are moving off the puck," Montgomery observed. "It's what we were trying to do for those [games at the end of the regular season]. I just think splitting up the units, it created inner-competition and it also freed people's minds."

On the defensive end, the Bruins have excelled, going a perfect 5 for 5 in Game 3 and maintaining a stellar penalty kill record throughout the series.

"Overall, we're not trying to do anything extravagant out there, we're just trying to do our jobs as well as we can," noted Brandon Carlo. "We were lucky enough to get them all killed off last night."

As the Bruins continue their playoff journey, DeBrusk's offensive prowess and the team's defensive tenacity on the penalty kill will be crucial factors in their quest for success. With momentum on their side, Boston aims to capitalize on every opportunity to secure victory in the series ahead.

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