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McAvoy suspended one game, out for Bruins in Game 1 against Hurricanes

Defenseman disciplined for illegal check to head of Blue Jackets forward Anderson in second-round clinching win @NHLdotcom

Charlie McAvoy has been suspended for one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

The Boston Bruins defenseman was disciplined Tuesday for an illegal check to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson at 19:40 of the second period in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on Monday. McAvoy received a minor penalty.

The Bruins won the game 3-0 and advanced to the Eastern Conference Final against the Carolina Hurricanes. McAvoy will be suspended for Game 1 of that best-of-7 series at TD Garden on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). He will be eligible to play in Game 2. The Bruins are trying to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2013; their last championship came in 2011.

McAvoy has six points (one goal, five assists) in 13 games during this season's playoffs. He had 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) in 54 games during the regular season, helping the Bruins (49-24-9) finish second in the Atlantic Division.

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