RALEIGH, N.C. — Boston Bruins star defenseman Charlie McAvoyHe has passed the COVID-19 protocols. In preparation for playing vs. The, he will warm up with the team. 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 injuries) will be absent from Tuesday's match. Cassidy stated McAvoy was not expected to return in a given timeframe, but that he is already feeling better.
Kaplan was informed by sources that McAvoy arrived late in the day via a private jet owned by Bruins. He walked into PNC Arena wearing a N95 mask just in time to warm ups.
As the Bruins attempt to win a 3-2 series lead, McAvoy's return could prove to be a significant boost. McAvoy was late to the Game 4 win in Boston. Lindholm hadn't played since a devastating shoulder-to-chest hit by Carolina. Andrei SvechnikovIn the team's 2nd game loss. Cassidy claimed Lindholm did NOT travel to North Carolina to play in Game 5.
McAvoy & Lindholm worked together in Boston as the top defensive pairing in Game 1. Before Cassidy took over Game 2, Lindholm was in charge of the lineup. Matt GrzelcykMcAvoy will be joining McAvoy, and Lindholm will be playing alongside him. Brandon Carlo.
McAvoy's presence helps the Bruins strengthen their back line in many ways. Most likely, he would lead Boston's defensemen within minutes before the clock ends. He would also likely be a part of the penalty kill and power play units.
McAvoy (24 years old) is a former First-round pick. He scored 10 goals this season and had 56 points for the Bruins. McAvoy has two assists in this series and averages 25:15 minutes on the ice. 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.