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With only one Bruin at the All-Star events this weekend, there was less of a focus on Boston when compared to other top teams like Tampa or Vegas who had multiple attendants. But we did get some classic Brad Marchand moments, including the full acceptance of his role as a heel, along with being a great offensive addition to the Atlantic team.
Brad also started to go after people on Twitter again, as shown here by his response to a radio station in Pittsburgh. He’s been known to pop on the site occasionally to let the public hear some of his world famous trash talk.
In more team related news, Charlie McAvoy was back on the ice after a successful heart surgery. He was out skating by himself and cleared up with the media that he had the surgery, took some time off to let it initially heal, and is now working his way back to game shape. I expect that he could be back as soon as the Buffalo game on Feb. 10th, but no one knows for sure other than him and the team medical staff. With Noel Acciari out for the time being with a lower-body injury and Marchand still needing to serve four more games of his suspension, Anders Bjork was recalled from Providence to fill in the hole in the lineup.
Anders Bjork was slotted alongside Bergeron and Pastrnak for the start of the game against the Senators but has now been switched out for Danton Heinen, who is having himself a very underrated season. I like this move because Heinen is more accustomed to the pace and speed of playing with and against an NHL team’s top line after playing 14 more games in Boston than Bjork has.
The Bruins play the Anaheim Ducks tonight in Boston at 7pm EST. They are currently on a five-game win streak and have points in their last 18 contests. This is the second and final time the Bruins will play the Ducks in the regular season this year. Back in mid-November, the Ducks beat Boston in Anaheim 4-2. This should be a pretty good game, with almost everyone on both teams coming back from the All-Star break rested and ready to go to work.