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By: Ryan Duffy | Follow Me On Twitter @Rduffy26

This morning the Boston Bruins officially announced that Jake DeBrusk sustained a lower-body injury following their 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2023 Winter Classic on January 2nd, held at Fenway Park. Jake’s recovery time is expected to be four weeks, per the Bruins organization’s official announcement. DeBrusk was seen leaving Fenway Park with a boot on his left leg, and our very own Mark Allred later reported that he indeed sustained a lower-body injury and is expected to miss some time.

The 26-year-old forward notched Boston’s two goals, including the game-winner with just over two minutes remaining in regulation, in the Bruins’ 2-1 win over the Penguins. Unfortunately for DeBrusk and the Bruins, he is having a career year as the Edmonton, Alberta native has 16 goals and 14 assists in 30 games and was on pace for 36 goals and 68 points in an entire 82-game season. The projected 68 points would surpass his career-high in points when he reached 47 in his 2017-18 rookie season.

As a result of DeBrusk’s injury, the Bruins have called up forward Chris Wagner from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis. The veteran forward has played the past two seasons in the AHL with the Providence Bruins and has nine goals and two assists in 27 games this season. Wagner last played with Boston in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs as he dressed for three games in the Bruins first-round matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes. Wagner has 37 goals and 26 assists in 359 NHL games in his career.