In a short week as far as the number of games the Boston Bruins played, rookie Matt Hunwick still found a way to provide a spark.
Back on defense after a couple of games at forward, and back in the lineup after five straight healthy scratches, Hunwick totaled one goal and one assist in addition to a plus-2 rating during the Bruins’ 1-0-1 week. For his efforts, Hunwick earns my Bruin of the Week honor.
The former University of Michigan star was inserted into the lineup Thursday to provide better puck movement and offensive production to the Bruins’ back line. He wasted little time getting in the goals column just 14:41 into the Bruins’ 3-2 overtime loss to Los Angeles.
Then in the Bruins huge win over New Jersey Sunday, Hunwick moved up to the top power-play unit and helped that group not only score twice but also keep the heat on the Devils throughout every man-advantage. Hunwick assisted on Marc Savard’s game-turning goal.
Other candidates this week were winger Mark Recchi (1-2-3, plus-2), defenseman Zdeno Chara (0 points, even rating, great physical play against Devils) and center Patrice Bergeron (0-2-2, plus-1, six hits and 19-for-30 on faceoffs).