The Bruins cannot lose another defenseman, and according to head coach Bruce Cassidy, they won’t.
Charlie McAvoy left Game 3 in the closing minutes after blocking a shot off the inside of his leg.
He was noticeably hobbling when he went to the bench and back to the locker room.
Of more concern for Boston: McAvoy hunched over in pain after taking shot off left knee.
And while I type this, Johansson makes it 7-2.
— Mike Zeisberger (@Zeisberger) June 2, 2019
However, Cassidy was not worried about McAvoy after the game.
“He’s fine,” he said. “No issues there.”
Bruce Cassidy on Charlie McAvoy: “He’s fine. No issues there.” #NHLBruins
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The Bruins are already down a defenseman in Matt Grzelcyk, who is in concussion protocol after taking a shot to the head from Oskar Sundqvist in Game 2.
Zdeno Chara also has been beaten up a bit as he missed the final game of the Eastern Conference finals and was shaken up earlier in that series as well.
The Bruins got good production out of John Moore in Grzelcyk’s absence but the team can’t take too many more injuries on their blue line if they want to keep winning moving forward.
They especially could not lose McAvoy, who is one of their best defensemen and possibly the best skater on the ice for much of the time.
St. Louis is also still without defenseman Vince Dunn, who was knocked out of the postseason in the Western Conference finals when he took a shot to the face.
The Bruins won Game 3, 7-2, and lead the series 2-1.