By Joe McDonald  (The Athletic)

It’s not a good sign when players stop responding to a coach.

If that happens, “It means I’m probably out the door,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said recently.

Fortunately for Cassidy, his players are constantly heeding his advice. That was evident during Boston’s 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night. Cassidy hasn’t been thrilled with Jake DeBrusk’s effort of late, so the young winger was benched.

How did DeBrusk respond? With a pair of goals in an 18-second span. It’s not the first time, and it won’t be the last, that DeBrusk or any of his teammates not performing to expectations will sit and watch.

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