June 17, 2024

Justin Brazeau’s emergence is great development for Bruins as playoffs near

Justin Brazeau’s emergence is great development for Bruins as playoffs near originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Bruins acquired three-time Stanley Cup champion Pat Maroon before the NHL trade deadline earlier this month to provide some toughness, experience and a little scoring production to the fourth line entering the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Maroon hasn’t been able to get on the ice because he’s recovering from back surgery in February. He might not debut for Boston until later this month or early April.

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While it would benefit the B’s to get Maroon on the ice before the playoffs to see how he fits with the bottom-six, they might have already found a difference maker on the fourth line in Justin Brazeau.

Brazeau made his NHL debut against the Dallas Stars on Feb. 19 after signing a two-way contract with the Bruins. He scored in a 4-3 overtime win versus the Stars and has played in 13 games overall. His best performance so far came Tuesday night in a 6-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden.

After the Senators cut a 2-0 deficit in half, Brazeau put the Bruins back up by two goals with a power-play tally late in the second period.

Brazeau put the finishing touches on Boston’s win with a second power-play goal late in the third period. He again went to the front of the net and showed off some silky smooth puck handling to beat Senators goaltender Joonas Korpisalo.

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