McAvoy will be eligible to return from his one-game suspension Sunday for Game 2 against Carolina. Steve Kampfer did an admirable job filling in for McAvoy in Game 1, scoring a goal while logging 14:56 of ice time, but he'll likely head back to the press box for Game 2. McAvoy, who's notched six points while posting a plus-8 rating in 13 games this postseason, will return to his role skating on the Bruins' top pairing and first power-play unit Sunday.
McAvoy was suspended one game for an illegal check to the head of Columbus' Josh Anderson on Tuesday, NHL's Department of Player Safety reports. McAvoy delivered a vicious check to the unsuspecting Anderson, but he was only assessed a two-minute minor in Monday's Game 6. Following his hearing with the league, he's set to miss Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. In his stead, Matt Grzelcyk figures to see an uptick in playing time, especially on the power play, and Steve Kampfer or John Moore could draw into the lineup as the team's sixth defenseman.
McAvoy will have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety for his hit on Columbus' Josh Anderson on Monday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. If McAvoy does get handed a suspension, it will stretch the depth of a Boston blue line that is already dealing with the extended absences of John Moore (upper body) and Kevan Miller (lower body). Depending on the health of Moore and Miller, a suspension for McAvoy would likely see Steve Kampfer back in the lineup, while Matt Grzelcyk figures to see an uptick in ice time. A decision by the league should be made ahead of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals versus Carolina.
McAvoy collected an assist in Saturday's double-overtime loss to the Blue Jackets in Game 2. With helpers in back-to-back games, McAvoy now has five points total this postseason through nine games. He skated 30:39 total -- the second-highest time on ice in his career behind a first-round game in the 2017 playoffs saw him skate 31:14.
McAvoy scored a power-play goal and added an assist at even strength during Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Maple Leafs in Game 4 of their first-round series. He opened the scoring early in the first period, then helped set up Brad Marchand less than four minutes later to stake the Bruins to a quick 2-0 lead. McAvoy had gone scoreless through the first three games of the series, but with the blueliner now off the schneid he could be a factor again Friday back on home ice for Game 5.
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