By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Charlie McAvoy walked around just fine on his right foot after blocking a shot late in the Bruins’ Game 5 win on Saturday. And it wasn’t all adrenaline allowing him to walk, either.
McAvoy is apparently feeling no lingering effects of the blocked shot, which initially appeared to strike him in an unprotected part of his foot/ankle area. But he was available to reporters after the game, a sure sign that he avoided any injuries, and said his foot is “fine”. Head coach Bruce Cassidy later said on Sunday before the team’s flight to Columbus for Monday’s Game 6 that he doesn’t anticipate any issues with the 21-year-old defenseman.
Along with Brandon Carlo and Torey Krug, McAvoy and the Bruins’ dynamic young defensive corps had perhaps their best game of the playoffs in the Bruins’ 4-3 win on Saturday. Carlo made one of the game-breaking plays with his defense on Artemi Panarin, which allowed him to make a clean cross-ice pass to Brad Marchand that helped set up David Pastrnak’s game-winning goal. All in about a 20-second sequence.
But McAvoy has arguably been the Bruins’ best, most consistent skater in the series. To lose him for any time, or even reduced ice time, would be a significant blow. So to hear that he blocked the shot without paying the ultimate price is quite a positive development.
“Yeah, you want to leave your imprint on the game in any way possible, and like I said, I got lucky,” McAvoy told reporters after the game. “I threw my body out there, and I was fortunate enough that it hit me. Whatever it takes, right?
“There were a lot of big blocks; I know Nordy [Joakim Nordstrom] had a couple, Wags [Chris Wagner] had a couple. We need to do that. That’s winning hockey.”
What a shot block by Charlie McAvoy in the dying seconds to secure the victory for the Bruins pic.twitter.com/ukADQUoI66— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) May 5, 2019
One more win and the Bruins will host the Eastern Conference Finals against the Carolina Hurricanes later this week. But first they have to close out the Blue Jackets, the first opportunity coming Monday night. As Columbus proved as recently as Saturday night, they won’t be an easy out.
Fortunately, McAvoy will be out there and likely at full strength.
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