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.
Was standing outside doing a radio hit and noticed Charlie McAvoy arriving (via car service) at PNC. pic.twitter.com/IGfTx8r9Pk— Matt Porter (@mattyports) May 10, 2022
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?)
Saw Charlie McAvoy walk into PNC Arena in Raleigh, wearing an N95 mask - suggesting he cleared COVID protocols.— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) May 10, 2022
I was told Bruins ownership arranged a private jet for him to come to Raleigh, and he’s expected to take warmups.
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.