Boston, MA - The Boston Bruins are now on their longest winning streak of the season after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights by a score of 3-2 last night. Jaroslav Halak performed exceptionally in net for the Bruins as he made 31 saves and allowed just two goals. Boston's offense came from Jake DeBrusk in the first period, good for his 19th goal of the year, and Brad Marchand in the third, good for his 24th of the season. The game went to overtime and then to the shootout where DeBrusk scored and then David Backes followed that up with a goal of his own to give the Bruins the win! They'll look to extend their winning streak to eight on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues.
However, the Bruins have different things on their minds ahead of this game as they just made their biggest trade of the season. Last year, they acquired Rick Nash for post-season depth, which didn't necessarily pan out, and now Nash is not even on the roster. Boston is looking for more long-term depth in this latest trade; they acquired Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild. Coyle is under contract for another season after this one and he is also versatile enough to play both the center and the wing positions. In addition to providing additional speed and versatility to the Bruins, he also gives them much needed depth at the professional level.
This was the major problem Boston had with Ryan Donato, a young upstart who had trouble remaining on the NHL roster and often found himself in the AHL during the year. Boston is clearly gearing up for what they hope to be a deep post-season run and Coyle provides the depth necessary for such a decision. Donato is obviously very talented, but he was not necessarily giving the Bruins what they needed so it makes sense for Boston to swap Donato for Coyle at this point in the season. They also parted ways with a fifth round pick in the deal to acquire Coyle.