Bruins’ Kevan Miller will not play for the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup First Round against Washington Capitals on Sunday (7 pm ET; USA, SN1, TVAS2, NBCSWA, NESN) after spending Friday night in hospital.
The defender was injured in the second half of the Bruins’ 4-1 win in Game 4 on Friday. Boston leads the most successful series 7-1. Miller went with 12:33 time left after being beaten by Capitals defender Dmitry Orlov.
Miller had passed the puck after taking it to the offensive zone and was hit by Orlov above and in the middle of the roundabouts. He was cared for on the ice by a Boston coach and ended up with some help.
“Kevan has returned home and was hospitalized,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said on Saturday. “A lot of trials have passed. Feeling better. That’s what we got.”
Orlov initially underwent a large fine, but was dropped after a video review. He received a small fine for beating Miller and one for beating Boston forward Charlie Coyle after the game.
“[The official] told me, in a flash, that we felt that during the review they first contacted him on the shoulder, I think, whatever he says, at the top, I forget,” Cassidy said. “But it didn’t look like that from the point of view.”
Earlier Brad Marchand gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead in 33 seconds in a power game, at 8:00.
“Obviously he’s great,” said Boston striker David Pastrnak, who was instrumental in that goal. “Millsy,” especially a guy like Millsy who goes up to all the lonely people in the room. We felt that we should do it for him. He’s a big part of our team. That was the main thing we focused on, to do for him. At least you got a boost in the third power play and we got a big goal there (in 29 seconds with a 2-1 lead). Our assassins did an excellent job. response, raising Millsy. “
Injured on hit by Washington defenseman Orlov in second period of win
Boston committed six of the seven penalties. Defender Charlie McAvoy clocked 8:49 averted, Brandon Carlo clocked 7:02 and Connor Clifton clocked 6:23. Jeremy Lauzon, who played 19:12 in Game 1 instead of Clifton, could be used in Game 5 on Sunday (7pm on ET), where Boston could win the best-of-7 series. Miller had one assistant play 19:13 per game in the first three games of the series. He lost time in Game 2 on Monday after being ruled out with a hit.
He was limited to 28 games during normal time with a knee injury (February 19-April 6), and missed games after returning due to reported rest and foot infections.
With Miller out, the Bruins will return Clifton to his right side, joined by Jarred Tinordi or Urho Vaakanainen. Tinordi played 14 games for the Bruins in regular season after being sued by the Nashville Predators on February 27. Vaakanainen had two assistants in nine games this season, but has never made it to the finals.
“[Miller] is a big part of our team, he sticks to everyone. So we wanted to do that for him and make sure we did it the right way,” said Boston defender Matt Grzelcyk. “We beat them on the scoreboard and we don’t take senseless penalties.… We responded where we needed, played the right game for the most part, and it was a great effort.”