Bruins lose McQuaid for 3-4 weeks because of shoulder injury

Bruins lose McQuaid for 3-4 weeks because of shoulder injury
March 20, 2013, 5:30 pm
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OTTAWA -- The hits just keep on coming for the Black and Gold.

The Bruins announced on Wednesday afternoon that rugged defenseman Adam McQuaid has been sent back to Boston to get treatment for a left shoulder strain that will keep him out of the lineup for three to four weeks.

That makes McQuaid the third B’s player who's gone down with an injury in little over a week’s span, joining Chris Kelly (broken left tibia) and David Krejci (bruised right knee). McQuaid was injured on the first shift of Tuesday night's game in Winnipeg, when he collided with Jets forward Eric Tangradi and tumbled awkwardly into the boards, with his left shoulder absorbing the impact.

A Bruins spokesman said there was no immediate corresponding move to bring a defenseman up from the Providence Bruins.

So that means Boston extra defenseman Aaron Johnson will get back into the Bruins lineup after playing last week when McQuaid missed a game with an upper body issue. That appearance snapped 19 straight games as a healthy scratch for Johnson, a nine-year NHL veteran who brings good ability in the defensive zone to the table.

That will be a must in replacing McQuaid, whose physical presence was missed in the latter stages of Tuesday night’s third-period collapse against. There's also little doubt that another injury is going to push Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli even harder to get a couple of deals done for healthy bodies prior to the April 3 trade deadline.