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May 6, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) during the first period against the New York Rangers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins were six minutes and 14 seconds away from escaping a blowout victory over the Sabres unscathed when Zemgus Girgensons drove Charlie McAvoy’s face into the boards with a loud thud at Buffalo’s KeyBank Center.

The good news is that McAvoy was able to skate off under his own power, though with a towel covering his face. McAvoy was also able to express some frustration with the incident, too, as he threw both his stick and gloves while going down the runway.

And the Bruins did have a largely encouraging update on the face-of-the-franchise defenseman after the win.

“He got some stitches, [but] he was up and moving around, so he’s good,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said after the team’s fourth win in their last five games. “I don’t expect there will be much going on. He’ll have a gash over his eye.”

The good (great) news is that the Bruins also don’t seem too worried with any potential injuries beyond the gash.

“Right now that’s not the case, but who knows,” Cassidy said when asked about any concussion fears. “Let’s hope he wakes up, knock on wood, healthy, has some turkey tomorrow, and is ready to go Friday.”

(Worth noting that Cassidy actually knocked on the wooden table he was sitting at when saying that, so the Bruins have that on their side entering their Thanksgiving off day.)

If McAvoy is unable to suit up for Friday’s nationally-televised game against his hometown Rangers, Connor Clifton, a healthy scratch in three straight games, would likely slot back into the Boston lineup.

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