BOSTON -- The Bruins will be without both Nathan Horton (upper body) and Adam McQuaid (lower body) as they take on the Florida Panthers on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden. Horton appeared to injure his hand/wrist in the first period of Saturday afternoon’s loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a fight with Jarome Iginla. He never returned to the game after showing some good feistiness in his first handful of shifts.
McQuaid appeared to injure his leg when Matt Cooke delivered a low hip check to him in the third period in the neutral zone that Claude Julien termed a “cheap shot” after Saturday afternoon’s 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh at TD Garden. Later in the period, McQuaid returned to action and Cooke repeatedly declined the Bruins defenseman’s challenge to settle things like men.
It’s obvious that Cooke is sharpening up his hatchet-man game for the playoffs, and is the same old rat Boston fans will remember essentially ended Marc Savard's career with a dirty hit to Savard's head.
“It’s pretty obvious that it’s a cheap shot from [Matt] Cooke, the typical same guy, he’s got to go low and get a guy right around the knee area and turns his back,” said Julien. “Same thing . . . [Jussi] Jokinen’s been having his stick up all game and the guys eventually get it.
“You always hope you have people that will see those kind of things and call it right. That’s not in our control.”
The Bruins coach termed both Horton and McQuaid as “day to day” with their injuries on Sunday morning prior to their afternoon tilt with the Panthers, and indicated both Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton will be back in the lineup. It will be interesting to see how No. 17 responds after watching Saturday’s game from the press box and watching the Bruins play one of their most physically engaged and competitive games in at least a month.
Both Lucic and Hamilton were healthy scratches against the Pittsburgh Penguins.