NHL reviewing Sill hit that injured McQuaid


NHL reviewing Sill hit that injured McQuaid

BOSTON – Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was knocked out of Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals thanks to a vicious hit from behind by Washington’s Zach Sill, which is now being reviewed by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

The incident took place in the middle of the second period, and went without any kind of penalty call on the ice against Sill.

“They didn’t, I guess, seem to get a good look at it, or just seemed to think it was maybe two minutes at best,” said Claude Julien. “I had the luxury of going back to my office and looking at the replay. Obviously, for me, there should have been a call there.

“But you know we’ll see how the league deems it. It was definitely a hit from behind in my book, but we’ll let the other people take care of it as always.”

McQuaid was clobbered by the Capitals' gritty forward as he was facing the boards, and it appeared the rugged 6-foot-5 D-man was knocked out on his skates after the side of his head slammed against the glass above the boards. McQuaid finally left the ice under his own power assisted by the Bruins medical staff, but was done for the night at that point after just 10 shifts and 8:49 of ice time.

Patrice Bergeron grabbed Sill immediately after the hit, but that was the extent of the response from the Bruins at the end of a long shift on the ice. Torey Krug said somebody would have gone after Sill beyond the Bergeron grab had the circumstances been a little different.

“He’s a punishing force himself so to see when a guy like that goes into the boards, a guy that, you know, really plays for the team and sticks up for his teammates and everything he does is just so unselfish…to see him go down is tough,” said Krug. “You know, you want to respond for a guy like that. It’s just tough to see happen.

“Personally I think we didn’t have the personnel out there [to respond with a fight]. I mean, Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] went over and let the guy know he didn’t like the hit. I was out there for, you know, a whole shift. You don’t want to go fight a guy at the end of a two-minute shift, but it still happens. If I got hit, Quaider’s going to go over there and let the guy know he didn’t like it. So one of our star players is going over there and telling the guy he didn’t like the hit. He’s not going to drop his gloves, but, you know, if someone else is out there he’s going to let him know.”

To Krug’s point, both Tyler Randell and Zac Rinaldo tried to get Sill to drop the gloves and atone for his earlier actions on the ice, but instead the Capitals forward retreated to the bench.

After the game Barry Trotz called it “a hockey play” while Bergeron voiced his displeasure with a hit that knocked out one of Boston’s stalwart D-men.

“I thought it was a bad hit. It was one of those where it happens fast. From my angle, I guess, it was a bad hit, you know,” said Bergeron. “There was no point, no need for hitting him like that. It’s definitely tough to see Adam [McQuaid] go down as hard as he did.”

There was no further update on McQuaid following the Tuesday night loss to the Capitals.

The belief here is that the NHL Department of Player Safety is going to hit Sill with supplemental discipline based on his reckless action of completely finishing the dangerous hit on a vulnerable opponent, and causing a play with an apparent head injury as well. That’s exactly the kind of play that will get a player into a hearing with the league, and get them swept up into the fine and suspension system to deter such plays.

Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself


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.


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: