Bruins de Boston defenseman Kevan Miller will not appear in Game 5 of the Coupe Stanley first round match after being hospitalized Friday night following a free kick from Dmitry Orlov of the Caps.
Miller, 33, returned home recovering on Saturday after spending the night in hospital following a massive blow from Orlov nearly halfway through the second period of Game 4 of the Bruins- Capitals, said coach Bruce Cassidy.
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« [He] has undergone a number of tests. To feel better. This is what we have. “He said, via NHL.com.
Miller carried the puck into the Washington zone with just over 12 minutes left in the period when Orlov appeared to hit him with his hands out and both skates coming off the ice on impact.
He was initially given a major draft penalty, but was later reduced to a minor after further consideration.
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“What happened there was their guy let his feet, on the edge of delay, and drove right under his chin,” Cassidy said after the game on Friday. “(The referee) told me while skating that he felt like when they saw him (Orlov) first made contact with his shoulder or his upper body, but it didn’t not look from our point of view. ”
The Bruins didn’t miss a beat with Miller’s absence as they won 4-1 and now lead the series 3-1.
« [Miller’s] a big part of our team, he defends everyone. So we wanted to do that for him and make sure we do it the right way, ”said Boston defenseman Matt Grzelcyk. We beat them on the scoreboard and don’t take stupid penalties. … We responded when we needed it, we played the right way for most of the game, and it was a great effort. “
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A victory on Sunday will allow the Bruins to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.