Bruins believe Lindholm will return for Game 6 vs. Hurricanes

Boston Bruins defenceman Hampus Lindholm (27) looks for a pass during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Thursday, March 24, 2022, in Boston. (Charles Krupa/AP Photo)

Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is optimistic defenceman Hampus Lindholm will return to the lineup for Game 6 of their first-round series against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

Cassidy made the comments to reporters after Wednesday’s practice.

Lindholm, acquired by the Bruins in a deal with the Anaheim Ducks before the trade deadline, suffered an upper-body injury in Game 2 after taking a hit from Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov during the second period and has not played since.

The Bruins trail the series 3-2 after losing 5-1 at Carolina on Tuesday.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said goaltender Jeremy Swayman will remain the team’s starter.

Swayman has started the past three games after Linus Ullmark started Games 1 and 2 — both Bruins losses.

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