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What Charlie McAvoy said about his hit on the Blue Jackets’ Josh Anderson

The 21-year-old Bruins defenseman received a penalty for an illegal check to the head at the end of the second period in Game 6.

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Charlie McAvoy received a two-minute minor penalty for an illegal hit to the head on Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson in Game 6. Kirk Irwin / Getty Images

“It was a hockey play,” Charlie McAvoy said of his hit on Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson at the end of the second period Monday. “I tried to finish my check in a legal manner. I was penalized two minutes, and I served it, and I just came back and tried to be an impactful player.”

Bruins defenseman McAvoy received a two-minute minor penalty for an illegal check to the head during the Bruins’ Game 6 win.

Anderson appeared shaken up after the hit, but he returned to the game for the third period and finished with 22:06 minutes played Monday.

As both teams went through the end-of-series handshake line, McAvoy and Anderson appeared to make amends. The opponents patted each other on the chest, and Anderson even flashed McAvoy a smile before each skater continued down the line.

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“Uhh . . . that’s between me and the individual,” McAvoy told the Boston Globe‘s Kevin Paul Dupont when asked what he and Anderson said. “We went at it pretty good this series. I have a lot of respect for him. He plays the game as hard as anyone. I mean, it was good to see him back out there.”

When Dupont asked where McAvoy intended to hit Anderson on the play, the 21-year-old defenseman reiterated that he tried to make a clean hit.

“I put my shoulder into him,” McAvoy said. “When I hit, I do my very best . . . I keep my elbow tucked so I don’t get it out there. I hit with my shoulder and try to, you know, hit with as much power as possible. He’s a bigger guy . . . it was a hockey play. I tried to deliver a check. I was penalized two minutes for it. I served it and came back and played.”

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The NHL has not yet announced whether McAvoy might face supplemental discipline for the play.

The Bruins next face the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals.