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Without David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk (goal, 2 assists) has well-timed breakout in win

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Jake DeBrusk’s celly was a bit more restrained on Tuesday night.

The Bruins’ designated master of celebrations may not usually light the lamp off of the flashiest of sequences, but DeBrusk revels in a simple tip-in or potted rebound all the same — capping off a tally with an emphatic fist pump or a slide down the sheet.

But following his deflection of a David Krejci feed that found twine, DeBrusk simply pointed to the rafters above –  thanking the higher forces at play for putting an end to an extended scoring drought. 

“It’s something that’s long overdue and something that I needed, to be honest with you,” DeBrusk said following Boston’s 6-3 trouncing of the Blackhawks. “Obviously, didn’t do my normal celly, but it was just nice to get on the board to help the team.”

Boston’s largely listless offense showed plenty of punch on Tuesday — the B’s first game without their top goalscorer in David Pastrnak, who will be sidelined for at least the next two weeks due to thumb surgery. Boston’s new top line has continued to hum at a frighteningly efficient rate in the offensive zone — with once-scratched forward Danton Heinen now up to three goals and six points in his last four outings. Peter Cehlarik found the back of the net on the power play, while the fourth-line trio of Sean Kuraly, Noel Acciari and Chris Wagner hemmed the ‘Hawks in with a relentless forecheck all night.

But when looking at the big picture, it’s hard to not be most encouraged by the play of DeBrusk, who capped off his night with three points — surpassing his scoring outpoint from the previous 13 games played.

Barring the addition of a dynamic top-six winger by way of a deadline deal, the Bruins simply don’t have the firepower to recoup the offense Pastrnak brings to this club on a regular basis. But a confident DeBrusk can certainly make a major dent in Boston’s scoring woes.