Boston Bruins

Dec 11, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins could be set to get the rock of their defense back in action for Tuesday’s pivotal Game 5.

And in dramatic fashion, too.

Ruled unlikely to play in this contest when Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy met with the media on Monday, and not with the team when they departed for Raleigh on Monday, Tuesday’s pregame sights and sounds saw Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy walking into PNC Arena, as captured by Matt Porter of the Boston Globe.

Oh me, oh my.

This wasn’t a case of mistaken identity on the part of Porter either, as a McAvoy sighting was also confirmed by ESPN’s Emily Kaplan, who noted that McAvoy’s trip from Boston to Raleigh was taken care of by way of a private jet from team ownership. (You get a lot of extra perks when you’re signed to the richest contract in franchise history, huh?)

As noted by Kaplan, McAvoy is expected to take the warmup before Tuesday’s game, and could draw back into action if everything goes smoothly.

McAvoy was averaging a team-leading 25:15 per night (which was a staggering 6:50 more than the next closest defenseman), along with two assists and a team-leading 14 hits at the time of his exit from the Boston lineup.

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