The Jake DeBrusk bounce-back season is off to a promising start

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There were plenty of reasons to believe a bounce-back season was potentially on the way for Jake DeBrusk.

Coach Bruce Cassidy said his meeting with DeBrusk after last season to “find some common ground” went well. DeBrusk said he had wiped last season from his mind.

DeBrusk played well this preseason and appeared to have good chemistry with new linemates Erik Haula and Nick Foligno. After struggling off the ice last season with COVID restrictions and isolation, coaches and teammates have noticed a more upbeat DeBrusk as more away-from-the-rink team bonding returns.

But DeBrusk still needed to make sure all those encouraging signs actually translated to regular-season success. On Saturday night, it did.

The Bruins’ 3-1 season-opening win over the Stars is obviously just one game, but it was also another key building block as DeBrusk looks to pile up good days.

DeBrusk, who turns 25 on Sunday, scored what proved to be the winning goal 4:43 into the third. His forecheck helped free up the puck for the Bruins to take possession. After Haula fed Foligno in the slot, DeBrusk went to the net and found himself in the perfect position to pounce on the puck after it slid away from Foligno and bury a shot past Braden Holtby.

Unlike his more subdued goal celebrations amidst his season-long slump last year, DeBrusk brought back #CellySZN with the kind of energetic fist pump you see when he’s feeling good.

DeBrusk nearly scored another goal earlier the game when he raced down the right wing and drove hard to the goal, only to be denied by a good defensive play from Andrej Sekera.