The Boston Bruins fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 in OT on Monday night. While the end result may be disappointing, there is a big silver lining in the defeat. Ryan Donato played in his first ever NHL game after signing his entry level contract on Sunday. Donato notched a goal and two assists with six shots on goal, on 19:40 of ice time.
The Bruins are suffering from many injuries ranging from forwards: Bergeron, Nash, Debrusk, and Backes. The defense isn’t doing too well either with McAvoy, Chara, and now even McQuaid, are all out. With all the injuries to many core Bruins players, many of the Bruins rugrats have had to step it up, with Donato being the newest rugrat to get called up.
Donato did not squander his first opportunity, especially after being placed on the second line after Rick Nash was scratched from the lineup. Donato played hard body hockey, didn’t get shoved around, and wasn’t afraid to get in the dirty areas to get the puck. His hard work paid off with three points in his NHL debut, and I’m sure he won’t ever forget it.
Donato does have some catching up to do. The flow of the game is going to be much different than at the collegiate level that he is used to playing. Donato even commented on the speed after the game saying “It was so much faster than what I’ve ever seen, but at the end of the day, it’s something you can get used to. When you’re playing with great players like that, it’s something that will come along fast.” Donato seems to have a great attitude, it will be exciting to see how he develops over the rest of this season, and into the postseason on his way to the Cup, because if you don’t think the Bruins are winning the Cup well……. I think you guys all get it by now. #YouSilly
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