Charlie McAvoy, Boston Bruins star defenseman cleared COVID-19 protocols. He will be warming up prior to Game 5, sources claim

RALEIGH, N.C. — Boston Bruins star defenseman Charlie McAvoyHas cleared COVID-19 protocols. He will do warmups with team members in preparation for playing vs. Carolina HurricanesSources told ESPN's Emily Kaplan Tuesday night that Game 5 was played.

After Boston's morning skate, Bruce Cassidy, the Bruins coach, said to reporters that McAvoy, and another defenseman, were his favorite players Hampus Lindholm(upper-body injury), Tuesday's game would be canceled.

McAvoy's condition improved throughout the day. This could be a big boost as the Bruins attempt to extend their lead in the series by taking a 3-2 series lead. According to Kaplan McAvoy was wearing an N95 mask when he entered PNC Arena for warmups.

McAvoy was scratched for Sunday's Game 4 win in Boston. Lindholm hasn’t played since being hit by Carolina's jarring shoulder to chest. Andrei Svechnikovin the team's 2nd game loss. Cassidy stated that Lindholm did not travel to North Carolina for Game 5.

McAvoy and Lindholm were Boston's top defensive pair in Game 1, before Cassidy managed the lineup for Game 2. Matt GrzelcykMcAvoy will be joining McAvoy, and Lindholm will be playing alongside him. Brandon Carlo.

McAvoy's return to Boston would be a boost for the back line in many ways. McAvoy will most likely lead Boston's defensemen before the clock ends. He will also be on the power play and penalty kill.

McAvoy, 24, a former first round pick, scored 10 goals and 56 points for the Bruins this season. He is averaged 25:15 on the ice and has two assists. McAvoy has reached the playoffs in every year of his NHL-career.

After falling into a 0-2 hole, the Bruins rallied with two wins at TD Garden.

This report was contributed by The Associated Press.

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