The Boston Bruins have advanced to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2013. A great feat for the team but they will be without the services of one of their top defenseman for the first game.
Charlie McAvoy will be watching game one after being suspended one game for his check on Josh Anderson.
McAvoy only gets two minutes for this. Wow. pic.twitter.com/5c1XtSetR4
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 7, 2019
McAvoy was only penalized for two minutes on the hit for contact to the head. In all honesty this was a bad hit and should have resulted in a game misconduct for the young defenseman.
At the time of the hit the game was only 1-0 Bruins and there were 20 seconds left in the period. Had McAvoy been tossed the Blue Jackets would have had a 5:00 minute powerplay that could have really changed the game. However, McAvoy remained in and the Bruins went on to win by a final of 3-0.
After reviewing the play the NHL Department of Player Safety had a hearing with McAvoy and informed him he would be suspended for one game. Upon review they deemed that the main point of contact was Anderson’s head and that the contact to the head could have been avoided.
McAvoy had the chance to hit the chest of Anderson but continued up high on the hit and elevated himself through Anderson’s head.
Although it sucks to lose McAvoy for one game, at least it is the first game of a series instead of a potential game seven.
I believe if McAvoy had been tossed from that game he likely wouldn’t have faced further suspension. With Carolina coming to town Thursday night, the Bruins will have to make do with either Kampfer or Moore in their lineup on the left side.
They will probably pair Chara-Carlo, Krug-Clifton,Grzelcyk-Moore/Kampfer. Against a young fast team like Carolina the Bruins will be hurt by McAvoy’s absence but if they can pull off a game one win without him there is no reason they shouldn’t win this series.
Puck drop is set for Thursday night at 8:00 in Boston. The Hurricanes have been playing spoiler all playoffs and they look to add the Bruins to the list of upsets they’ve completed.
No series is easy but the odds are certainly in the Bruins favor for this series as they continue their quest for the Cup.
-Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)