Following the Boston Bruins’ overtime Game 2 victory over the Washington Capitals, there was some positive news and some poor news in the health department.
The bad news is that Jeremy Lauzon (right hand) has already been ruled out of Game 3 against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden on Wednesday night. The fact that he’s already out ahead of tomorrow’s morning practise, and that he’ll have missed two games after being struck with a Justin Schultz slapper, suggests he’s dealing with an injury that might hold him out for a while.
Lauzon, 24, missed a month of the regular season due to a broken left hand, and the young defenseman struggled for a few weeks after returning to the lineup. Because of Lauzon’s absence, Connor Clifton, who had a feisty, confident game against the Capitals in Game 2, with four shot attempts, a score, and a blocked shot in 14:37 of ice time in the first quarter, will get some more playoff time in the Boston Bruins lineup.
“[He did] a really good job. He got caught once on the wall in the second period on a rimmed puck where he got on the wrong of a battle with [TJ] Oshie, but his partner made a nice play on it to get him out of it,” Cassidy said. “That was the only time he really got out of position. I thought he did a really good job of staying clean and that was the ask.
“I framed [the assignment to Clifton] as, ‘You’ve got to be physical, Cliffy. That’s part of your game and it’s got to happen tonight. Don’t be reckless and when you have the puck understand what they’re trying to do in the neutral zone’. He stayed within himself very well.”
The Boston Bruins have some good news. Kevan Miller’s extended absence during Game 2’s first period wasn’t due to any knee problems, but rather to a “nasty cut” he received after throwing a blow in the game’s first minutes. Miller returned for the final two periods, logging 10:30 minutes on the ice and contributing valuable minutes on the penalty kill in the big win.
“He’s good to go. He got a nasty cut from one of the hits [he made]. It wasn’t his previous injury, which was good news,” said Cassidy. “He got stitched up and went back out there. It’s a little sensitive today. But he should be good to go tomorrow assuming there’s no issues with that.”
Following Monday night’s victory in Washington, the Boston Bruins bench manager said he didn’t make any changes to the lineup for Game 3 due to any health issues.