Bruins' McAvoy will have to wait to make East finals debut

Published 7:59 p.m. ET May 8, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — The verdict is in on Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy: Good player, but not much of an attorney.

Speaking on the eve of Boston’s Eastern Conference final opener against the Carolina Hurricanes, McAvoy said Wednesday he made his case to the NHL’s player safety authorities but couldn’t talk them out of the one-game suspension that will keep him out of Game 1 on Thursday night.

“I think that we put forth a pretty good defense,” McAvoy said. “Whatever, I have to serve it. I respect the process. I’m glad that I was able to say my piece and be able to defend myself, but all things together, I’m not a very good lawyer, I guess.”

The Bruins advanced to the NHL’s final four when they eliminated the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night, but McAvoy will get a late start in the conference finals. He was suspended one game for a shoulder to the head of Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson in the 3-0 victory in Game 6.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Steve Kampfer or John Moore could replace McAvoy in the lineup. Connor Clifton was promoted to Boston’s top defensive pairing with Zdeno Chara at practice on Wednesday.

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