Resilient Hunwick hanging in there after horrible start

Hunwick’s seeing-eye shot from the blue line 2:08 into the third period eluded Washington’s Semyon Varlamov and ended the Bruins defenseman’s 50-game goal-less stretch. He admits that even though he doesn’t heap the pressure on himself to light the lamp the way a struggling forward would, he knows he needs to be part of the offense in some way to be successful.

“Not necessarily scoring, but creating goals – setting up a play, breaking the puck out. You want to be out there to create some offense,” he said. “Scoring the goal is one way, but it’s not the only way.”

Averaging 16:07 of ice time, the coaches have shown Hunwick they have the confidence in him to produce more positives than negatives going forward. Even those observers that base a defenseman’s play on plus/minus have to back off Hunwick now that he’s erased that early minus sign.

“Now it’s just about going out and making plays, kind of regaining some of that confidence and swagger back,” he said. “Once that comes, you can kind of do anything and you end up making better plays.”

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