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Bruins’ Dougie Hamilton learning his place

Blue liner doesn’t have to rush it

There were moments, as Dougie Hamilton played against the Islanders’ top line 10 days ago, when he looked like the rookie he in some ways still is. He was victimized by New York’s best, by Thomas Vanek and John Tavares, as he tried to keep up with Zdeno Chara in place of the Bruin captain’s usual partner, Johnny Boychuk.

It was the season nadir for the Bruins, who weren’t helped by mistakes from a defense that is usually rock-solid. But since then, whether paired with Chara or his usual partner Dennis Seidenberg, Hamilton has shown a growing maturation on the ice.

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