Boston Bruins

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI – JUNE 01: Charlie McAvoy #73 of the Boston Bruins and Brayden Schenn #10 of the St. Louis Blues battle along the boards during the third period in Game Three of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on June 01, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

The Bruins appear set to survive yet another blocked shot scare to one of their top-pairing defenseman, as Charlie McAvoy appears ‘fine’ after taking an Alex Pietrangelo shot off the inside of his left knee in Saturday’s 7-2 Game 3 victory.

“He’s fine,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said when asked about McAvoy’s status. “No issues there.”

The seemingly positive update comes after the last visual of McAvoy featured the 21-year-old hobbling down the tunnel and back to the visitors’ dressing room late in the third period of the blowout win, and after McAvoy led the Bruins in both hits (five) and blocked shots (three) in 24:16 of play.

It’s also just what the Bruins needed, as their defense is already being tested without the services of Matt Grzelcyk (concussion, out indefinitely), which forced John Moore into their Game 3 lineup for a total of 13:09 in a winning effort.

McAvoy has two goals and eight points through 19 playoff games and is averaging a team-leading 24:19 time on ice per night.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.