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Charlie McAvoy remembers the fear.

The Boston Bruins rookie was playing against the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 26 at TD Garden when his heart started beating irregularly and fast.

McAvoy also remembers the good news.

“I think it was relief first off to find out it was not life-threatening and not dangerous to my overall health,” the 20-year-old defenseman said during a news conference at Warrior Ice Arena on Monday, his first comments since undergoing a procedure Jan. 22 to correct his condition.

“To realize that obviously I’m in there, kind of nervous, was this going to be something that’s really bad, will I be able to play again or anything like that? So to find out that it was something that was not dangerous … something I could still continue to play with, that was a good takeaway from the overall situation.”

McAvoy said he’d had similar episodes in the past but the one against the Oilers was the longest. He alerted team internist Dr. David Finn and trainer Don Del Negro. Tests confirmed Finn’s diagnosis of a supraventricular tachycardia, a condition not considered dangerous.

An ablation, the removal of tissue, was done through a small catheter that entered through the lower abdomen and up into the heart.

Doctors assured McAvoy he could keep playing with little risk of anything worse than another episode. He continued to play and didn’t miss a game until the day after the procedure.

“Charlie talked about the time frame about when the decision was made, it was about the best medical decision for Charlie regardless of what games he was going to miss,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said. “That’s probably been one of the most amazing things, is how well he’s handled knowing that this was on deck and going out there and playing at the level he was. It says a lot about him.”

McAvoy leads NHL rookies in ice time per game (22 minutes, 49 seconds) and has five goals and 20 assists in 45 games. He hadn’t missed a game until Jan. 23 and gave no indication of what he was going through.

He put aside the prospect of another episode but was buoyed by knowing there was a plan should he have a reoccurrence.

“Were it to come back, I knew I would be fine,” McAvoy said. “We kind of talked about a little strategy if it did come back, kind of remove myself from the game and allow myself time to get my heart back [to normal] and feel good. Luckily we didn’t get to that point.”

McAvoy is to have a follow-up appointment with his doctor this week when his path to returning to the lineup will be determined. The Bruins initially predicted he would miss two weeks.

Under doctor’s orders he did no physical activity in the week after his procedure. But Monday he briefly skated on his own before the Bruins held their first on-ice practice since the All-Star break.

McAvoy doesn’t expect his play to be much different when he returns. Maybe he’ll need a little extra time to get in full shape, but that’s it.

“I’m still the same person,” he said. “I’m one week removed and I feel good. So we’ll get back out there and we’ll get on the ice and see how things are going. And when the time is right I’ll get back out there.”

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Brad Marchand spoke on Thursday morning for the first time since the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced his five-game suspension for elbowing New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson in Boston on Tuesday night.

The Bruins winger addressed a large media contingent following Boston’s pregame skate at the Canadian Tire Centre ahead of Thursday night’s tilt with the Ottawa Senators.

“I’ve been trying to play a certain way for a while now, and it was never my intent to get into a situation like this, to injure Marcus, so hopefully he has a full healthy recovery very quickly,” said Marchand. “I let my teammates down – I know that – and I let the organization down. I have to be better, there’s no question.

“I respect the league’s decision on the matter. They’re in the right to make the decisions that they do, and I’m going to live with it.”

The suspension, which was levied on Wednesday night, marks the eighth time Marchand has been disciplined by the NHL (six suspensions, two fines) in his career. This one comes at a time during which the Bruins have collected points in 17 straight games. Marchand is also leading the league in scoring this month with 18 points (6 goals, 12 assists).

“The last thing I want to do is do anything to hurt the team, and that’s obviously what I’ve done here. It wasn’t what I was trying to do,” said Marchand. “We have a great team, and they’re going to battle hard and do everything they can to win the games. I’ll be there rooting them on, but I put my team in a disadvantage at the end, and I feel very bad about that.”

Marchand is allowed to participate in this weekend’s All-Star festivities in Tampa and said he will still attend. It is the 29-year-old’s second consecutive selection.

“I’m going to go. I’m very proud of that opportunity,” said Marchand. “It is something I’ve worked very hard for and never thought I’d have the opportunity to do, so it’s something I’m very proud about, and I’m going to go and enjoy every second of it.”

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy has had a relationship with Marchand since the winger’s first professional season in Providence, when Cassidy was then an assistant with the P-Bruins. Cassidy chatted with Marchand during Thursday’s morning skate and encouraged him to think about what he would like his legacy to be.

“The thing with Brad is I’ve known him since he was a first-year player, so I know him as a person,” said Cassidy. “That’s what sometimes has disappointed me, that gets lost. I hear opinions out there, they don’t know him as a teammate, as a father, the work he puts in to be a better player. After games he’s always with children in the family room signing something – he’s just a great person with a big heart.

“But Brad does have to take responsibility for his actions, he’s aware of that. He’ll sit his five games and we’ll welcome him back.”

Despite this latest misstep, Marchand believes he has made progress in buttoning up his on-ice actions.

“Obviously, I want to be known as a good player. I’ve worked very hard to become a decent player in this league, and things like this obviously hinder that,” said Marchand. “It’s something that I will continue to work on and be better at, but [Cassidy] is not wrong. I think that some things behind the scenes get lost when things like this happen, but I think that I have good teammates and the organization, my family and friends, they know what I’m trying to do and where I’m trying to be and how much I care about this team, organization, the guys in the room.

“That’s not going to change. Obviously, I am going to be better in areas. I’m going to continue to work on it, but it’s just another step in the road.”

With Marchand out of the lineup, Anders Bjork was recalled from Providence on an emergency basis on Wednesday night. Bjork played in eight games for the P-Bruins after being assigned on Jan. 3 and notched two goal and two assists. The 21-year-old, who has four goals and eight assists in 28 games with Boston this season, will likely start in Marchand’s spot alongside Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak against the Senators.

“He’s played well. He started offensively very well,” Cassidy said of Bjork’s play in Providence. “What we’re trying to get out of Anders is play a little bit more straight line, understanding when he can make plays, when he’s got to manage the puck better. That was the biggest issue for him coming to this level, where the open ice is, how to get there.

“He’s been working on that. We’ll see where he’s at. He played very well for us earlier this year. We’re confident he can do the job. We’re not asking anyone to replaced Brad – that would be unfair – but just to go play his game and contribute.”

 

Bjork is hoping to make the most of his chance to play on what has been the hottest line in hockey for the better part of two months.

“It’s exciting. It’s obviously a great opportunity, tons of players would die to be in my position right now,” said Bjork. “I’ve just got to stay focused and make the most of it, do what I can to keep up with the line and be a positive impact.”

Acciari Out, Too

In addition to the absences of Marchand and Charlie McAvoy (ablation procedure), Boston will also be without Noel Acciari on Thursday night as the winger battles a lower-body injury. Frank Vatrano will slide into his place on the fourth line.

“Hopefully the All-Star Break will do him some good,” said Cassidy. “And then we’ll see where he’s at on Tuesday against Anaheim.”

Pushing Through

As they did during the season’s first six weeks when they were beset by an unseemly amount of injuries, the Bruins will have to battle through some adversity as they look to extend their points streak to 18 games.

“We’ve had to find ways and simplify our game, make it blue collar and do what we do best,” said Backes. “This is no different of a scenario than if [Marchand's] hurt or suspended. Same with Charlie being out. Hopefully it’s short term and we’re going to have to patch holes, different guys step up to be the hero each night.

“Those guys are significant players, but we’ve done it before and we’ll have to do it again. Every team’s got injuries this time of year or guys out.”

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The Bruins made sure to kick off their season series against Montreal with a bang on Saturday night.

David Krejci tied the game late in the second period, before Brad Marchand scored in the fourth round of the shootout to send Boston to a 4-3 victory over the rival Canadiens at the Bell Centre. The win extended the Bruins’ points streak to 12 games (9-0-3) and their overall record since Nov. 16 to 18-3-3.

“We seem to be able to show that character. We seem to have a lot of it in this room,” said Marchand, who also potted his 18th goal of the season in the first period. “It was great to see the guys battle back, especially having a bit of a break there – we didn’t have a great game. But we dug down and capitalized when it mattered. Good to get the two points.”

Boston twice came back from one-goal deficits to tie the game. After Max Pacioretty opened the scoring just 3:22 into the first, Marchand responded with a power-play goal off a slick feed from Patrice Bergeron with 2:20 remaining in the opening frame.

“We didn’t have our game early in terms of managing the puck. I think we were still on that little bit of a break mode where you’re not bearing down and not hockey strong yet,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. “But we got better at that as the game went on. But we did enough early to not take ourselves out of the game.”

Jake DeBrusk later converted on a breakaway with a snipe over the blocker of Carey Price at 2:55 of the second. But Montreal answered with two goals (from Nicolas Deslauriers and Alex Galchenyuk) just 3:06 apart to regain the lead, 3-2, midway through the period.

But the Bruins stormed back once again. With 2:18 to go in the second, David Krejci struck for his seventh of the year when he picked up a bouncing puck in the slot and snapped one by Price to knot things at 3.

“We were trailing a couple times tonight. Against Montreal in Montreal, it’s tough to come back from,” said DeBrusk. “But we have great leadership with our older guys and the veterans here really show us the way and how to get back. It was a team effort. Lots of guys did things to help us win tonight.”

Montreal nearly ended things with some 20 seconds remaining in overtime, but stellar sprawling saves from Tuukka Rask and Torey Krug kept the Bruins alive. As time ticked away, Krug swatted away a loose puck in the crease, before Rask dived through the blue paint to deny Tomas Plekanec’s follow-up attempt.

“We got better throughout the 60 minutes,” said Rask, who extended his personal points streak to 14 games (12-0-2). “It wasn’t our best start, best first period. But we hung in there…I don’t think anyone was rattled. We were just trying to play our game.”

More observations from the Bruins’ 4-3 shootout win over the Canadiens:

Bruins send thoughts to Danault: In a frightening scene late in the second period, Montreal forward Phillip Danault was struck in the head with a Zdeno Chara slapshot. Danault was down on the ice for several minutes before being stretchered off and transported to a local hospital, where the Canadiens said he was awake and moving.

With 1:37 remaining in the second, the teams retreated to the dressing rooms and played the rest of the frame following the intermission.

“I was hoping that he was not hurt,” said Chara. “That’s obviously the first thought that goes through my mind…it does happen, it’s just very unfortunate. We all get hit somewhere in the upper body. On that particular play I was getting a pass up the boards and the puck probably was bouncing a little bit, so very unfortunate.

“You don’t ever want to see anyone get hit in the head area or the neck area and being carried off the ice. Hopefully Phillip will have a good recovery…wishing him the best and full recovery.”

Chara was among the last people to leave the ice as he waited until Danault was transported to wish him well.

“I wanted to be there. I wanted to talk to him. I felt bad, obviously, that he got hit,” added Chara. “I wanted to make sure he was OK and he responded…he was talking to me and responded, so that made me feel better that he responded and he was OK…I was glad he was doing OK.”

DeBrusk makes most of Montreal debut: DeBrusk took full advantage of his first trip to the Bell Centre for Bruins-Habs. The rookie winger potted a filthy breakaway tally early in the second period to give Boston a 2-1 lead, before notching another goal in the second round of the shootout.

“It’s pretty special. [Carey Price is] one of the best goaltenders in the game. You don’t get chances like that very often,” said DeBrusk. “Obviously a shootout’s a shootout, but it was nice to see those go in. It was one of those things that he’s a pretty intimidating goalie to play against and you’ve got to bring your best.

“Obviously I got lucky tonight and I think that it was just how the game was going….two breakaways and something that I’ll never forget.”

Bruins downplay showdown with Julien: While Saturday night’s matchup marked the first between the Bruins and former coach Claude Julien, the players chose to focus more on what was happening on the ice than the storylines off of it.

“I was playing against the Montreal Canadiens, not against Claude,” said Chara. “We all know that these games are big games and they mean a lot.”

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The Bruins’ four-game win streak came to a close on Sunday evening with a 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at TD Garden.

Boston took an early lead but was unable to generate much of a sustained offensive attack, landing just 11 shots on goal through two periods. The Bruins pushed in the third (14 shots) after Ryan Strome grabbed the eventual winner just 2:07 into the frame, but could not find the equalizer.

“I thought they played well, but I thought a lot of it was us,” said Riley Nash. “I don’t think we were quite ready to go. It seemed like every time we got in their zone it was kind of one-and-done for the night. I think we can look within ourselves for that, I just don’t think we were hard enough on pucks…on nights like that you just got to find a way to get it done.”

Perhaps the most disappointing part of the Bruins’ loss was their inability to provide support for Tuukka Rask. Boston’s ace netminder returned after serving as the back-up during Anton Khudobin’s torrid four-game winning streak and made 32 saves on 35 shots.

“Obviously he wants to win hockey games, it doesn’t matter how,” said Torey Krug. “We’ve got to do a better job of playing for him and getting that win. Tie game, third period, in our home building – a good chance to get him going again. We came out there and let him down. We’ve got to do a better job of making sure that we can come out with this win.”

Rask fell to 3-8-2 this season and has now lost four straight starts, during which the Bruins have managed to score just seven goals.

“When they start to pile up and nothing seems to go your way, it’s frustrating,” said Rask. “Obviously right now it’s frustrating, but tomorrow is a new day, go back to work and start building something new. That’s all you really can control. Your work ethic and attitude, and how you show up to work. That’s what I’m going to do.”

Despite nearly a two-week layoff from game action, Rask said he felt strong between the pipes. Edmonton’s 10 first-period shots allowed the 30-year-old to get a feel early on.

“I felt good. I got right into the game,” said Rask. “That was the difference from the past. There were a lot of shots early on. I got right into the game and after that, same film I’ve seen before….tough bounce.”

After David Pastrnak extended his points streak to three games with a power-play tally late in the first, Edmonton took a 2-1 lead on goals from Patrick Maroon and Adam Larsson during a five-minute stretch of the second. David Krejci tied the game just 1:11 later when he finished a feed from Nash at the right post, but that was all the Bruins could muster.

“It seemed like we lacked energy in the first couple periods,” said Torey Krug. “We weren’t throwing many checks. When your legs aren’t moving you can’t hit those guys and you can’t meet the puck there, then they’re playing with more energy and they’re playing with the puck. It’s a more fun game for them.

“I think the first two periods we definitely lacked energy and the third we started doing things better, holding on to pucks and chipping it in. We can’t just go back to the mentality.”

More observations from the Bruins’ loss to the Oilers:

Power Play strikes: Boston snapped an 0-for-17 stretch on the power play when Pastrnak struck for the B’s first goal on the man advantage since Brad Marchand’s tally on Nov. 10 in Toronto.

Pastrnak took a feed from Krug, pulled off a backhand toe drag, and ripped a wrister by Cam Talbot to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead with 5:57 left in the first period.

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The Boston Bruins ended the standoff and locked up one of their building blocks on Thursday, signing forward David Pastrnak to a six-year, $40 million deal.

The deal comes just before the team starts training camp on Thursday.

Multiple media outlets reported that the 21-year-old native of the Czech Republic gets some form of a no-movement clause as well.

Pastrnak had a career year last season with 34 goals and 36 assists in 75 games, making him the second-leading scorer behind Brad Marchand.

Pastrnak’s deal actually pays him a higher AAV than Marchand, slotting in third on the Bruins behind David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron.

Pastrnak had finished his entry-level contract that had a cap hit of $925,000. The Bruins took him with the 25th pick of the first round in the 2014 draft.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was a visitor at New England Patriots training camp on Monday morning, and in light-hearted fashion, he didn’t hesitate when asked who would be his first-round draft choice to lace up the skates.

“Gronk!” he said with a smile.

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Rob Gronkowski would qualify as a power forward, no doubt. He’s been known to spike a puck or two as well.

But Cassidy said if Gronkowski wasn’t available, he’d happily consider others.

“One of those linemen. They’re big and just have them be your designated hitter. Or you take a guy like [Julian] Edelman, it would be interesting to see if he could be a goal scorer. It seems like he has the talent to play a lot of different positions. He competes hard in those dirty areas. He might have a little Brad Marchand in him.”

Meanwhile, Cassidy grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan, but he smiled while explaining that his allegiances have shifted.

“Growing up in Ottawa, we had upstate New York channels, so it was always the Giants and the Cowboys, going way back to Roger Staubach. I’ve always been a Patriots fan of the AFC and now I’ve become much more of a fan,” he said as his kids stood nearby in Tom Brady jerseys.

“The Cowboys haven’t given us much to cheer about until last year. I do have a soft spot for the Cowboys, but I love the Patriots and have for a long time. Steve Grogan, way back then.”

As for why he was attending Patriots training camp, where he was scheduled to meet with Bill Belichick, Cassidy said: “Why not? You’re learning from the best, and I’m a huge football fan. I enjoy watching the players execute, never mind taking away any sort of ideas of how to run practice, how to schedule practice, just being a fan.”

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BOSTON – There was no such thing as choosing sides on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park – at least before the Red Sox’ afternoon tilt against the Tampa Bay Rays.

In a show of solidarity, the Bruins joined members of the Florida Panthers, Red Sox, and Rays prior to the game to help raise funds for those impacted by Hurricane Irma, which came ashore in Florida on Sunday with Category 4 strength.

Bruins Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Noel Acciari, Kenny Agostino, Paul Postma, and Brandon Carlo were stationed at Fenway’s gates alongside various members of the other participating teams to collect donations from fans attending the game.

“Unity – we just want to help out, we want to show how much we care about other states. I think it goes a long ways,” said Chara. “Teams came together. [It] doesn’t matter [that] we’re going to be competing in the season…right now is the time to help out.”

Former Bruin Shawn Thornton, now the Panthers Vice President of Business Operations, and current Panthers Aaron Eckblad, Derek MacKenzie, Mike Matheson, Alex Petrovic, Mark Pysk, James Reimer, Colton Sceviour, Vincent Trochek, and Keith Yandle also took part. Members of the Panthers organization evacuated Florida on Friday and traveled to Boston to be close to the facilities of the Springfield Thunderbirds, the team’s AHL affiliate.

“Everybody’s pretty aware of what’s going on down South right now and our hearts are with those guys. Anything we can do to help, we’re here for that,” said Miller. “The Florida Panthers came up. Obviously they can’t practice down there, so they came up here – and Tampa’s here as well. It’s a group effort, anything we can do to help.”

Red Sox players Joe Kelly, Deven Marrero, Blake Swihart and former Boston closer Keith Foulke, along with Rays pitchers Steve Cishek and Jake Odorizzi, also helped gather donations.

All donations will go to support the Red Cross to assist the region of South Florida. The Boston Bruins Foundation will match the total funds raised at the gates.

“We know we can only do so much,” said Chara. “But every little bit is hopefully going to [make] a difference to the families and those who are most affected by the hurricane.”

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One day after raising funds at Fenway Park for those impacted by Hurricane Irma, members of the Bruins organization were back together for another good cause – this time at the Boston Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament.

The 14th annual event took place Monday at The International, with Bruins players, coaches, and alumni gathering ahead of the start of training camp later this week.

“We are excited, looking forward to having more and more guys coming in,” Patrice Bergeron said prior to the shotgun start. “Today is always usually the unofficial start of training camp, so [we're] all happy to be here. Excited to get things going.”

While the Bruins veterans were teeing it up, many of the organization’s prospects were busy concluding play in the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo. The young squad was dominant in a 9-3 win over the New Jersey Devils prospects Monday afternoon and won two of the three games they played during the tournament.

“We know some of the rookies are in Buffalo, so all of us here are excited to join force and be ready for Day 1,” Bergeron said. “It’s always interesting to have young blood and young talent coming up and help right away … I think its exciting as far as an organization standpoint, and for us as players, you just want to bring the best mix of guys to be successful on the ice.”

While the prospects thrived in Buffalo, the excitement for the upcoming season was palpable.

“The feeling of seeing everybody back, and everybody being excited,” said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, “it makes you realize the summer is over and we are back to business.”

Bergeron and Chara were joined at the tournament by most of the Bruins training camp roster, including Noel Acciari, Kenny Agostino, David Backes, Matt Beleskey, Anton Blidh, Chris Breen, Brandon Carlo, Colby Cave, Tommy Cross, Austin Czarnik, David Krejci, Torey Krug, Anton Khudobin, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Riley Nash, Chris Porter, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner, Malcolm Subban, Jordan Szwarz, Paul Postma, Frank Vatrano, and Tuukka Rask.

Notable Boston Bruins alumni included Bob Beers, Ray Bourque, Andy Brickley, Rick Middleton, Barry Pederson, and Bob Sweeney.

“This is one of our bigger events that we have throughout the year,” said Sweeney, also the Executive Director of the Boston Bruins Foundation. “It’s basically the kick off for the start of the season, training camp is right around the corner. It’s the last chance for the guys to get out before they’re back to business earlier this week.”

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Pastrnak limbo: When stories about a player’s contract status in newspapers mention that “David Pastrnak would be ineligible to play after Dec. 1,” we can be forgiven for having alarm bells go off. There’s no indication he won’t sign in the near future and be in training camp, but it’s definitely worth building some worry into his draft position when you are approaching him. Pastrnak exploded into a top-tier fantasy winger last season, and it would be a shame for him not to be around when the puck drops in October.

Spooner vs. Vatrano: Assuming Pastrnak is back in business, the Bruins have a decision to make in the top six. Does quality two-way center Ryan Spooner need to shift to the wing to join the second line or does Frank Vatrano get to continue his goal scoring evolution there? Certainly there is some offensive upside being wasted if Spooner is the third line center for the club, but from an overall perspective, they are probably better served with Vatrano sniping from the side of David Krejci.

Next step for McAvoy: Showing plenty of poise in the postseason, Charlie McAvoy is a near lock for a decent role with the Bruins this season. In fact, we can reasonably say that Father Time has caught up with 40-year-old Zdeno Chara and should anticipate McAvoy growing into a secondary power play role sooner than later.