After scoring the go-ahead goal early in the second period of their 2-1 Game 3 win over the Hurricanes, Boston Bruins forward Chris Wagner paid the price for his teammates blocking a Justin Faulk shot late in the third period to help preserve the win. Unfortunately, Wagner took the shot right in the wrist area and immediately left the game clearly in severe pain. Following practice, Wednesday, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said that Wagner had returned to Boston for further testing and gave no other official news on the injury. Cassidy also told the media that forward Noel Acciari will draw back into the lineup for Game 4 Thursday (8 PM ET, NBCSN).
“Once we get to Boston we’ll give you a further update down the road,” told the media. “He’s a good energy guy. You know what you’re going to get out of him. We’ll miss him.”
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— Tucker Boynton (@Tucker_TnL) May 15, 2019
Wagner had two goals in 12 playoff games after scoring 12 in 76 regular season games. Wagner also had seven assists to finish the regular season with 19 points.
Acciari comes back to the lineup after missing the last six games, five of those with a lower-body injury. The rugged center has a goal and an assist in 11 playoff games after finishing the regular season with six goals and 14 points in 76 games.
“I’m excited to get back with those guys,” Acciari told the media. “Wagner was having a great couple of games there with big goals and we’re definitely going to miss him. But I’m going to do my best to kind of pick up where he left off and keep it going.”
Tuukka Rask and Zdeno Chara were given the day off from practice Wednesday.
Here’s what the B’s lineup should look like Thursday night for Game 4:
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