Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed Saturday that defenseman Kevan Miller will not play in the potential series-clinching Game 5 against the Washington Capitals Sunday in Washington DC.
“Kevan is back home; spent the night at the hospital; went through a number of tests, feeling a little bit better and that’s what we got,” a clearly perturbed Cassidy said and then gave a blunt and fast ‘Yes’ when asked if Miller is out for Game 5.
As for who will replace Miller in the lineup for Game 5?
“The only two healthy guys we have are [Jarred] Tinordi and [Urho] Vaakanainen so it will be one of those two,” Cassidy said.
Following the 4-1 win by the Boston Bruins over the Capitals in Game 5, Cassidy was much more animated with his frustration over the fact that an opponent was called for a major for leaping into and hitting one of his players, only to see that major be decreased to a double-minor for roughing.
“What happened there is their guy left his feet borderline late and drove right under his chin,” a baffled and ticked-off Cassidy said during his postgame Zoom with the media Friday night. “He told me skating by that when they reviewed it that they felt [Orlov] made contact first to his upper body, but it didn’t look that way to my vantage point. Kevan is in the hospital undergoing some CTs and until he gets back, we won’t know anything there.
It’s obviously frustrating to watch that review and the [major penalty] call go by the wayside. It was essentially a two-minute minor and then later you watch that [interference] penalty assessed to Marchand and it’s just a complete head-scratcher sometimes on what’s a two-minute penalty. But we played through it and we need to take care of our business, and [the officials] need to take care of their business. I didn’t see it the way they did and it’s unfortunate for Kevin, but we’ll see how he is.”
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So now, as they did throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, throughout the 2019-20 season, and for 28 games this past regular season, the Boston Bruins will be without what is now their most physical defenseman and a key part of their leadership core for a potential series-clinching game and likely more if the Capitals stave off elimination.
There was no supplemental discipline for Orlov but the NHL Department of Player Safety did announce Saturday that Capitals forward Anthony Mantha was fined $5,000 for goalie interference after running Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask in the third period Friday.