Bruins’ dramatic OT win over Florida was marred by uncertain status of Brandon Carlo

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Dealing with the injury bug comes with the territory in a sport as grueling as hockey, and the Bruins have not been exempt from such misfortunes in 2019-20. 

Entering Thursday’s road matchup against the Florida Panthers, Boston had lost 245 man-games due to injury — with a still recovering Kevan Miller (kneecap fractures) pacing the unfortunate pack of battered Bruins. 

Still, for all of lineup shuffling Bruce Cassidy and his staff have done over the last few seasons, most of Boston’s big guns on the roster haven’t been too worse for wear — especially down the final stretch of the regular season. 

Unlike clubs such as Tampa Bay (Steven Stamkos), Toronto (Morgan Rielly, John Tavares and Mitch Marner) and Columbus (way too many to count) that have lost key cogs for extended stretches this season, the Bruins have lucked out as far not losing players like David Pastrnak (68 games played), Brad Marchand (68), Zdeno Chara (66), Charlie McAvoy (65), Patrice Bergeron (59) and David Krejci for weeks on end. 

Boston will hope such good fortunes continue when they eventually get the word on Brandon Carlo Friday.