Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller will not look in Game 5 of this Stanley Cup first round game after he was hospitalized Friday night following a high hit from the Caps’ Dmitry Orlov.
“[He] went through quite a few evaluations. Feeling better. That is what we’ve got.” He stated, via NHL.com.
Miller carried the puck to Washington’s zone with only a bit over 12 minutes left in the time when Orlov seemed to hit him with his hands out and with both skates coming off the ice upon effect.
He had been initially assessed a major penalty for roughing but it was afterwards reduced to a minor upon further review.
“What happened there is their man left his feet, borderline overdue and drove directly under his chin,” Cassidy said Friday after the game.” (The referee) told me skating by that he believed that when they reviewed it (Orlov) made contact first with his shoulder or upper body but it did not seem that way from our vantage point.”
The Bruins didn’t skip a beat with Miller’s absence since they proceeded to win 4-1, and lead the series 3-1.
“[Miller’s] a huge portion of our staff, ” he sticks up for everybody. So we wanted to do this for him and making certain that we are doing it the ideal way,” Boston defenseman Matt Grzelcyk explained. “We’re beating them on the scoreboard rather than taking stupid penalties. … We responded when we needed to, we played with the right way for most of the game, and it was a fantastic effort.”
A win on Sunday will progress the Bruins to the quarterfinal round.