McQuaid injured, to be evaluated further

McQuaid injured, to be evaluated further
January 19, 2014, 6:45 pm
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CHICAGO – The Bruins have experienced severe difficulty keeping their defensemen healthy and upright all season, and that remains the case after watching Adam McQuaid go down midway through Sunday’s matinee. McQuaid came out of the game halfway through the second period, and never returned in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.

McQuaid finished with an assist and a plus-1 rating in 8:57 of ice time before suffering the injury, and there wasn’t much of an update from B’s coach Claude Julien following the loss.

“I don’t like saying it tonight because he needs to be looked at by our doctors,” said Claude Julien. “He obviously wasn’t good enough to finish the game. We’ll evaluate him, and at least give a precise diagnosis on him.”

McQuaid has already missed 18 games with groin issues in two separate stints earlier this season, but there was no clear indication whether it was a re-aggravation or a new injury to the stay-at-home defenseman. Zach Trotman was made a healthy scratch for the Providence Bruins in their Sunday game, and stands to be the call-up to Boston if McQuaid can’t go against the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow afternoon.

The injury put some significant strain on the rest of the defenseman corps, and pushed up the ice time totals for Zdeno Chara (a game-high 28:08) and Johnny Boychuk (a season-high 26:03) while also pushing Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller beyond the 20-minute mark as well.