Boston Bruins

Oct 24, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand (63) congratulates defenseman Derek Forbort (28) after scoring a goal during the first period against the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins and COVID-19 continued their month-long rivalry Monday night, with defenseman Connor Clifton and Derek Forbort, along with a team staff member, added to the league’s COVID protocols.

Clifton and Forbort’s move to the COVID list comes with testing issues putting their status for Monday’s game in Washington in doubt, and on the same day Karson Kuhlman was removed from the list.

These latest additions bring Boston’s COVID total up to four players, with Clifton and Forbort joining forwards Tomas Nosek and Jake DeBrusk in the COVID protocol.

With Clifton and Forbort unavailable, the Bruins will go with a third pairing that features Urho Vaakanainen to the left of John Moore.

Vaakanainen made his season debut in Saturday’s win in Tampa Bay, and finished with an assist and two hits in 16:06 of time on ice, while Moore has eight hits and 10 blocked shots in five appearances this season.

The Bruins will also get a boost on the backend Monday with Charlie McAvoy back in action after missing the last two games with a nagging lower-body injury.

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