Bruins knocks on wood when it comes to Charlie McAvoy’s status

May 6, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins guard Charlie McAvoy (73 years old) in his first stint against the New York Rangers at TD Garden. Required Credit: Winslow Townson-USA Sports TODAY

The Bruins had six minutes and 14 seconds to come out of a smashing victory over Sabers unscathed when Zemgus Girgensons shoved Charlie McAvoy’s face into the board with a thud at Buffalo’s KeyBank Center.

The good news is that McAvoy was able to skate under his own power, albeit with a face covering. McAvoy was also able to express his frustration with the incident as he threw both his cane and gloves onto the runway.

And the Bruins had a largely encouraging update on the franchise’s facing defender after the win.

“He had a few stitches, [but] He’s been getting up and moving around, so he’s good,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said after the team’s fourth win in their last five games. “I didn’t expect much to happen. He will have a wound on his eye. “

The (great) good news is that the Bruins also don’t seem overly concerned with any potential injuries other than trauma.

“Not at the moment, but who knows,” Cassidy said when asked about any concussion fears. “Let’s hope he wakes up, knocks, healthy, has some turkey tomorrow and is ready to go on Friday.”

(Notably Cassidy actually knocks on the wooden table he’s sitting at as he says it, so the Bruins have that on their side going into their Thanksgiving break.)

If McAvoy fails to adapt for Friday’s nationally televised game against his hometown Rangers, Connor Clifton, a healthy scratch in three straight games, is likely to return to the Boston squad.

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