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McQuaid sorry about hit on Foligno

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McQuaid sorry about hit on Foligno

KANATA, Ontario Judging by his words, and his sheepish expression, Adam McQuaid felt badly about his actions in Wednesday nights 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.

In the final minutes of the second period, with the Bruins holding tightly to a 2-1 lead on the road, McQuaid saw Nick Foligno squeezing past him along the sideboards with the puck, speeding into the offensive zone and perhaps readying for the game-tying chance against Tim Thomas.

So McQuaid kicked his leg out to impedeFoligno'smomentum out of the neutral zoneand ended up making knee-on-knee contract that immediately sent the Senators forward to the ice in obvious pain.

It broke up the offensive rush Foligno was about to make, but it also earned McQuaid a five-minute major and a game misconduct -- and a whole helping of guilty feelings for a Bruins defenseman that's as honest as they come.If I could take it back, I definitely would, said McQuaid, who blocked a pair of shots and registered three hits in. It was one of those things where you go, Oh, crap, right after it happened.

"The penalty was deserved. Thats not me at all. I think thats actually my first major penalty in my career outside of the fighting calls, and I dont plan on getting any more.

McQuaid has a long history with Foligno -- the two skated together in juniors -- and the personal connection made his actions hit that much closer to home for both players during the postgame breakdown."He was just trying to slow down my progress. It was a hockey play and I don't think there was any attempt to injure," said Foligno. "I've known Quaider a long time and I know he's not that type of player."One might expect McQuaid to hear from the league about a potential fine or suspension immediately after the incident transpired, but the likelihood is he won't be penalized beyond the major penalty. There is no past history with McQuaid when it comes to the world ofsupplemental discipline, and Foligno wasn't seriously injured; he only missed one shift.

If the NHL's chief disciplinarian, Brendan Shanahan, does contact McQuaid, itll be the third Bruin he's contacted in the last month. Milan Lucic was talked to, but not fined or suspended, for his hit on Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, and Brad Marchand was fined for his slew-foot last week. McQuaid's actions willprobably will be more in line with the Lucic approach rather than the Marchand route when Shanahan reviews the video.

As one would expect, Claude Julien came to McQuaid's defense after the game.

Its hits that happen within fractions of a second," said the Bruins coach. "Certainly McQuaid isnt a dirty player and it certainly wasnt intentional. How theyre going to look at it? I dont know.

It was nice to see Foligno come back and not be injured. One guy certainly didnt do it on purpose and the other guy was okay . . .

"I wont say it harmless. But things happen with competitive players that end up getting guys injured.McQuaid already paid his price with the major penalty in a tight hockey game that could have gone either way, and the Bruins can ill afford to lose him while still waiting for Zdeno Chara to return from a lower body injury.

Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

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Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

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.

 

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

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.

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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:

Marchand-Schaller-Bjork

DeBrusk-White-Pastrnak

Agostino-Nash-Backes

Beleskey-Kuraly-Vatrano

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-McAvoy

Postma

 
Khudobin

McIntyre