BOSTON -- Adam McQuaid could have jumped back into the lineup against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night, but the Bruins thought better of it given the circumstances. The 6-foot-5 defenseman missed Mondays game in Carolina while traveling to Prince Edward Island for his grandmothers funeral services, and then was grounded in Canada due to inclement weather as he tried to make it back to Boston.
The rangy blueliner actually slept at the airport on Monday night, and didnt get on a flight back to Boston until first thing on Tuesday morning. He arrived in time for a morning skate on the TD Garden ice Tuesday, but Julien thought that giving McQuaid one more day was the right thing under the circumstances.
We decided to give him another day. He got in Tuesday morning but you know slept at the airport last night. There were some cancellations and there wasnt much time between when he found out and when he had to leave so he basically slept in an airport, said Julien. And not having skated for a few days I thought it was more prudent, I guess, to let him skate a little bit and get a practice under his belt before we reinsert him.
So Aaron Johnson played 16:13 of ice time in his fourth appearance in the first six games, blocked a shot, threw out a couple of hits and put two shots on net in a decidedly solid performance. Its expected that McQuaid will jump back into the lineup when the Bruins host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night at TD Garden.
McQuaid has zero points and one shot on goal to go with 11 PIMs while averaging 14:13 of ice time in four games thus far this season.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.
*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.
*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.
*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.
*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.
*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.
*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.
BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.
Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.
It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.
“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”
Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice: