Through the Playoffs: News from John Tavares, William Nylander, Charlie McAvoy

TJ Oshie won’t be banned for the hard shoulder punch he inflicted on Sam Bennett on Monday night.

The NHL Discipline Committee ruled that the body check was legal and that Oshie had not aimed at Bennett’s head.

The Florida Panthers forward needed a few stitches but is doing fine.

Bennett can play Game 5 of the 2-2 series on Wednesday at Sunrise.

Controversy with McAvoy

Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said his team will be without defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Hampus Lindholm in Game 5 of the Eastern First Round Series against the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night.

McAvoy was dropped from the squad just before Game 4 on Sunday as he was under the league’s COVID-19 protocol. Shortly before the meeting, however, he finally stuck to protocol and was in uniform.

Lindholm has not played since being eliminated by Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov in Game 2. Cassidy added that Lindholm did not travel with the team for Game 5.

McAvoy and Lindholm were the Bruins’ best defensive pairing in Game 1, but Cassidy shuffled his cards for the next game. So Matt Grzelcyk teamed up with McAvoy while Lindholm played with Brandon Carlo.

Both teams are still unbeaten on their ice in this series, tied 2-2.

Tavares and Nylander parted ways

The Toronto Maple Leafs again changed their roster in practice Tuesday, just hours before Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ilya Mikheyev and Alexander Kerfoot joined John Tavares in the second unit while William Nylander was in the third with David Kampf and Pierre Engvall. Michael Bunting took Kerfoot’s place in the first line, which was completed by Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner.

However, the players used by the Leafs are likely to be the same as in Game 4 as Jason Spezza, Colin Blackwell and Ondrej Kase formed the fourth row and the defensive pairs remained unchanged.

The series is 2:2.

Maple Leafs roster in training:

Spezza Blackwell Cheese
Clifford Simmonds Anderson

Rielly Lyubuskin
Muzzin Brodie
Giordano Holl


Benn fined

Stars forward Jamie Benn was fined $5,000 on Monday for tripping Trevor Lewis.

This is the maximum amount that can be imposed as a fine.

In the second half, Benn put his leg behind Lewis before hitting him back with his arm.

Benn went without a point in four games of the series against Calgary.

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