DeBrusk was fined $5,000 by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Tuesday for his cross-check on the Islanders' Scott Mayfield in Game 2 on Monday, Joe Haggerty of BostonHockeyNow.com reports. DeBrusk's fine won't impact his availability for Game 3 on Thursday, so he should resume his normal role on the second line and get sprinkled in on the power play. The Edmonton native scored a goal in each of the first two games against Washington in Round 1 but has been held out of the goal column in the five games since, producing a lone assist during that span.
DeBrusk scored a goal on five shots Monday in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Capitals in Game 2. Charlie Coyle made a superb play to set up the goal, driving wide and getting Washington goalie Craig Anderson to over-commit before circling behind the net and centering to DeBrusk for an easy tap-in. The goal, which opened the scoring 5:05 into the game, was the second of the series for DeBrusk, who scored just five times in 41 regular-season appearances.
DeBrusk scored a goal in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Capitals in Game 1. Curtis Lazar won a faceoff to DeBrusk, who beat Capitals goalie Vitek Vanecek (lower body) for the Bruins' first goal. DeBrusk was noticeably more engaged on both offense and defense in Game 1 despite filling a fourth-line role. The winger has often seen top-six usage in his career, but the addition of Taylor Hall at the trade deadline has cut into DeBrusk's playing time. The 24-year-old had a career-low 14 points in just 41 appearances in the regular season.
DeBrusk will play Saturday against Buffalo after being a healthy scratch Thursday (also against Buffalo). It will be interesting to see if the time as a healthy scratch lights a fire under the fourth-year NHLer. DeBrusk only has 11 points in 34 games after a 19-goal, 35-point showing (in 65 games) last season, so the B's could really use some production from him in the last couple weeks of the season.
DeBrusk is set to be a healthy scratch Tuesday night against the Penguins. With DeBrusk being sent to the press box, Trent Frederic will draw back into Boston's lineup. Through 34 contests, DeBrusk has scored just four goals and notched 11 points. When referring to Tuesday's lineup move, coach Bruce Cassidy noted that "we need a higher compete level" from DeBrusk, who thus far has failed to consistency produce the level of secondary scoring he's proved capable of in the past.
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