Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller will not appear in Game 5 of the data Stanley Cup first round match after being hospitalized Friday night following a hard blow by Caps 'Dmitry Orlov.
Miller, 33, was home recovering on Saturday after spending the night in the hospital following a massive stroke Orlov nearly halfway through the second period of Game 4 of the Bruins-Capitals Series, coach Bruce Cassidy said.
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" [He] passed a number of tests. Feeling better. That's what we have. "he said, via NHL.com .
Miller carried the puck into Washington 's area with just over 12 minutes left in the period when Orlov appeared to hit him with his hands and with both skates coming out of the ice at impact.
He was initially given a major brutality penalty, but was later reduced to a minor after further examination.
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" What happened there was their guy left his feet, on the edge of the end, and drove right under his chin, "Cassidy said on Friday after the game. "(The referee) told me while skating that he felt like when they saw him (Orlov) first contacted his shoulder or his upper body, but that didn't sound from our point of view. The Bruins didn't miss a beat with Miller missing as they went on to win 4-1 , and now lead the 3-1 series.
"[Miller 's] is an integral part of our team, he stands up for everyone. So we wanted to do it for him and make sure we were doing it the right way, "Boston defenseman Matt Grzelcyk said. " We beat them on the scoreboard and we don't take stupid penalties. ... We responded when we needed it,we played the right way for most of the game, and it was a great effort.
A victory on Sunday will advance the Bru ins to the quarterfinals.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.