By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
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.