NHL hits Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy with suspension
The NHL Department of Player Safety announced a four-game suspension for Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy on Tuesday.
McAvoy landed himself in trouble with the league offices after an illegal check to the head of Florida Panthers defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson during Monday night’s comeback win at TD Garden. Officials gave McAvoy a match penalty for the hit, ejecting him for the rest of the game.
Mere minutes before the hit, McAvoy scored the game-tying goal in the third period as part of a Bruins comeback from down 2-0 to the Panthers. The suspension comes at an unfortunate time for both McAvoy and the team. McAvoy is up to two goals and eight points in nine games so far. That includes six points in his last five games, which is tied for the league lead among defensemen in that span.
The Bruins are also potentially losing McAvoy at an inopportune time. Assuming McAvoy doesn’t appeal his suspension, the Bruins will be without their top defenseman for Thursday’s showdown with the division rival Toronto Maple Leafs. They would also lose McAvoy for road games against the Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars, and a home matchup against the New York Islanders.
On top of that, the Bruins will be without McAvoy’s most common defensive partner, Matt Grzelcyk, for around two weeks, as indicated by head coach Jim Montgomery. It’s going to be a big test for the Bruins’ defensive depth over the next week of the calendar if they’re without one of their top defensive pairings.
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