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Charlie McAvoy close to returning from infection

Charlie McAvoy close to returning from infection
Published On: Thu, Jan 10
Apr 16, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle (3) skates against the Dallas Stars in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Wild 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Bruins defensemanA Charlie McAvoyA is inching closer to a return. He participated fully in Wednesdaya€™s practice at Warrior Arena, and, though coachA Bruce CassidyA said he wona€™t play Thursday against Washington, McAvoy could get back in the lineup on Saturday in Toronto.

The nature of McAvoya€™s injury finally was disclosed. He blocked a shot in the Ba€™s 4-0 victory in Montreal on Dec. 17, and the puck broke the skin on his foot, a cut that required stitches. He played through it for three more games but developed an infection during the holiday break that knocked him out of commission.

a€œJust tried to get through it (until the break), and we were excited for those three days for it to heal,a€ McAvoy said. a€œAnd then, around the 24th, 25th, it showed signs of infection, and I came back to Boston. Got on top of it right away with antibiotics. Our doctors did a great job of getting on top of it right away. Unfortunately I had to cut my time short with my family, but it was good to get on top of it because I didna€™t really know much about it.

a€œBut (David)A BackesA has gone through it, (David Pastrnak) has gone through it. Ultimately, it could have been way worse, but Ia€™m fortunate to have the doctors be really sharp on it and have our trainers care for it it as good as they have and ultimately avoid a bigger scare.a€

McAvoy said he finished his antibiotics a couple of days ago.

He hasna€™t played since the Bruinsa€™ 5-3 road loss to Carolina, which is a bad memory. It was McAvoya€™s worst professional game, as he struggled to a minus-4 rating. But he said he was good to go that evening.

a€œWe were using numbing shots, and it was pretty painful, but there was no doubt I was playing. We were playing well, and I felt like I was playing well,a€ McAvoy said. a€œBut I think it was the culmination of a couple of things, playing back-to-back, a little bit of fatigue. Obviously some pain, but that one is long behind me now, and Ia€™m just looking forward to the next game I can play in.a€

During this latest stint on the shelf with an injury that was somewhat of a mystery, a murky story line emerged about McAvoya€™s habits around the rink. It started with a Carpool Karaoke-type bit from NBCSN in whichA Brad MarchandA joked that McAvoy needs an alarm clock. Harmless enough, right? The guess here is if Marchand or anyone else had a serious issue with McAvoya€™s behavior, it would not be fodder in that type of forum.

But the next thing you knew, fair or not, McAvoy was being labeled some sort of a problem child in certain corners. The 21-year-old did concede he has much to learn about being a pro, but the issue a€” if it can be called that a€” seems to have been blown out of proportion.

a€œThere was definitely a learning opportunity, and Ia€™m trying to be receptive of that. And I think I am. I dona€™t think it was a big thing that was going on. I think everyone figured that out when people were surprised to even hear about such a thing,a€ McAvoy said. a€œBut we had a conversation among the young guys and the veterans and, like Ia€™ve said before, wea€™re very fortunate to have them.

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