Kevan Miller was taken to the hospital after the Boston Bruins defenseman was injured in the second period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup First Round against the Washington Capitals on Friday.
Miller left with 12:33 remaining in the period after he was injured by a hit from Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov.
“Kevan’s at the hospital undergoing some CT [scans],” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said after its 4-1 win. “Until he gets back, we won’t know nothing there.”
Miller had passed the puck after carrying it into the offensive zone and was hit by Orlov above and between the face-off circles. He was tended to on the ice by the Boston trainer and skated off with some assistance.
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Orlov was first given a major penalty, but it was downgraded after video review. He received a minor penalty for roughing Miller and one for roughing Bruins forward Charlie Coyle after the play.
“[The official] told me, skating by, that he felt that when they reviewed it they made contact first to his shoulder, I guess, or whatever he said, upper body at the time, I forget,” Cassidy said. “But it didn’t look that way from our vantage point.”
Brad Marchand gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 33 seconds into the power play, at 8:00.
“Obviously huge,” said Boston forward David Pastrnak, who had an assist on that goal. “‘Millsy,’ especially a guy like Millsy that steps up for every single guy in the room. We felt like we had to get it done for him. He’s a big part of our team. That was our main focus going into the third, to get it done for him. At least get the momentum on the power play in the third and we got a huge goal there (at 29 seconds for a 2-1 lead). Our killers did an outstanding job. It was a huge response, stepping up for Millsy.”
Boston killed six of seven penalties. Defensemen Charlie McAvoy played 8:49, Brandon Carlo played 7:02 and Connor Clifton played 6:02 shorthanded.
Jeremy Lauzon, who played 19:12 in Game 1 instead of Clifton, could be used in Game 5 on Sunday (7 p.m. ET), when Boston can win the best-of-7 series.
Miller had one assist playing 19:13 per game in the first three. He missed time in Game 2 on Monday after he was cut making a hit.
He was limited to 28 games during the regular season by a knee injury (Feb.19-April 6), and then missed games after he returned for rest and reportedly with a foot infection.
“[Miller’s] a huge part of our team, he sticks up for everyone. So we wanted to do that for him and making sure that we’re doing it the right way,” Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk said. “We’re beating them on the scoreboard and not taking stupid penalties. … We responded when we needed to, we played the right way for most of the game, and it was a great effort.”
NHL.com staff writer Amalie Benjamin contributed to this report