2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Bruins hope to get an offensive boost from Ryan Donato

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Ryan Donato took a final exam at Harvard on Thursday. He’s playing in Game 4 of the playoffs against the Lightning tonight.

This is the life of the 22-year-old Donato, who left Harvard to join the Bruins after playing for the U.S. in the Olympics.

No pressure, kid.

The Bruins badly need a boost in the lineup after sleeping through Game 3. The hope is that Donato, who played 12 games at the end of the regular season and had five goals and four assists, can provide that with his playmaking ability.

“I’ve played a couple roles this year,” Donato said. “I’ve been at the back of the lineup where I wasn’t getting a lot of minutes but was there to get shots on net. Make some plays. If I have a lot of opportunities I’d like to create some goals. It’s a fast game. I’ve got to show up ready to play and it’s the best time of the year for hockey.”

Bruce Cassidy did not reveal his plans for Donato, other than that he’ll see some time on the No. 2 power-play unit. Where he’ll slot in during regular shifts remains to be seen, but it likely