Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy on Oshie hit: ‘It’s hockey, I guess’

Matt Kalman
January 02, 2020 - 1:21 pm

Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury he sustained on a hit by Washington’s T.J. Oshie in a 7-3 Boston win Dec. 23.

But McAvoy, who will be a game-time decision for the Bruins’ game against Columbus on Thursday, has no hard feelings toward the Capitals forward.

“Yeah, I don’t know, it’s hockey, I guess,” McAvoy said after taking part in Boston’s morning skate Thursday. “I just kind of … I haven’t really thought about it for a while, I’ve just been focusing on myself and the team and trying to cheer these guys on last week and just trying to focus on myself and getting better.”

The Bruins as a whole are getting healthier. While McAvoy won’t decide until closer to puck-drop, Torey Krug, who has missed three games with an upper-body injury, and David Krejci, who missed one game with a lower-body injury, are expected to return against the Blue Jackets.

Krug had no problem with the hit from Washington’s Tom Wilson that knocked the Boston defenseman out of the lineup.

“I thought it was a good, clean hit,” Krug said. “I mentioned the other day that I knew he was on the ice, I knew he was coming, he just got to me a little bit quicker than I expected. But I thought it was a good hit.”

Heinen’s back

With the Bruins battling injuries it was surprising to see Danton Heinen healthy scratched by coach Bruce Cassidy on Tuesday. Heinen, though, will return against Columbus, with Brett Ritchie and David Backes both sitting out.

Heinen thinks he figured out what he was doing wrong that caused him to not just get scratched for the shootout loss at New Jersey but also sit out most of the third period of the win against Buffalo on Sunday.

"I think I’m harder on myself than anybody. I realize when things aren’t going right. Just a matter of getting back to the things that have gotten me here,” Heinen said.

Loose pucks

Tuukka Rask starts in net for Boston. … Along with San Jose’s Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, who are playing at Pittsburgh on Thursday, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will become the 12th, 13th or 14th NHL player to appear in a game in four different decades.

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