Jake DeBrusk on celebrating with Charlie McAvoy: ‘I pretty much blew him up’

Matt Kalman
February 07, 2020 - 2:40 pm

If how enthusiastic a player celebrates his teammates’ success is a measure of how much of a team player that guy is, then Jake DeBrusk is probably the leader in that department in the Bruins’ dressing room.

Never was that more evident than Wednesday night, when the Boston forward tackled teammate Charlie McAvoy following the defenseman’s overtime goal in a 2-1 win at Chicago.

“Obviously I got a little too excited, I’ve got to stop jumping the guys,” DeBrusk said Friday after practice at Warrior Ice Arena. “I don’t really know what my speed’s like when I come in here. I pretty much blew him up and the guys on the bottom, I was actually trying to get Charlie, I put my hand down to kind of bring him up and guys were kind of sticking him and stuff so it was kind of funny to see his reaction.”

The goal was huge not just because it extended the Bruins’ winning streak to five games and was just their fourth win in games that have gone past regulation this season, but it was McAvoy’s first goal in 52 games played this season.

So McAvoy had no problem with DeBrusk’s impersonating a large puppy that doesn’t know its own size.

“That was awesome. He hugged and I just told him I loved him. He was on top … I was just so happy and you could tell how happy he was and everybody,” McAvoy said.

Coach Bruce Cassidy, once he was certain no one was hurt, was pleased at the sign that the Bruins’ chemistry continues to remain sky high.

“Yeah, they’re happy for [McAvoy>. I mean listen, they realize Charlie plays a lot of important minutes for us and it doesn’t matter what player, you’re always happy when you kind of get off that zero,” Cassidy said. “So a little more for Charlie because it’s dragged on probably more than we all thought it would. And then as you know Jake was first on the scene, he’s an emotional guy. And you’re a little bit worried, there’s a lot going on down there. But good for him, and like I said, it was probably a relief for Charlie.”

Lineup notes

The Bruins will look for their sixth straight win when they host Arizona on Saturday afternoon. Tuukka Rask will start in net. … Brandon Carlo is away from the team to attend to a personal matter and will not play. He’s scheduled to rejoin the Bruins when they play at Detroit on Sunday. … Connor Clifton will miss his 16th game with an upper-body injury but he practiced (in a red no-contact jersey) with the Bruins for the first time since the injury Friday. … Joakim Nordstrom practiced too, but he remains out with a medical condition related to allergies.

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