McQuaid may miss time because of head injury


McQuaid may miss time because of head injury

By Joe Haggerty

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Adam McQuaid has taken some rough spills as a sixth defenseman over the last couple of seasons,but the latest onemay sideline him for a length of time.

The 6-foot-4 defensemantumbled awkwardly before hitting his head on the boards Wednesday night as he wasmoving in for a hit against one of the Hurricanes players in the defensive zone, and looked extremely unsteady on his feet after finally getting up. McQuaid finished the shift with the pressure still on in the defensive zone, but looked dazed as he struggled to get back to the bench at the end of his shift.

The Bruins defenseman injured his neck in a similar fashion during last year's playoffs, and missed a pair of games. It appears he may miss some time after this latest incident, as he had difficulty standing up straight or walking on the ice immediately after the hit. McQuaid sat at the end of the bench staring straight onto the ice for a few minutes after the hit as he was conversing with trainer Donnie DelNegro, and the dinged up defensemen eventually relented to the "Quiet Room" used to house players suspected of suffering head injuries during an NHL game.

McQuaid never returned to the game after the third period incident.Coach Claude Julien confirmed McQuaid was brought to the "Quiet Room"for observationafter the impact with the boards, but couldn't offer much more than that. No update was available Wednesday night after the game, but if McQuaid fais the concussion test onThursday then their dependable defensive defensemancould out for at least a couple of weeks. That would open the door for a short stint for Matt Bartkowski and almost certainly put him in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch


Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch

BOSTON -- It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Saturday night represented a step in a positive direction for Ryan Spooner.

The 24-year-old speedy forward was scratched for the home opener against New Jersey in classic message-sending fashion by Bruins coach Claude Julien, and deserved it based on a passive lack of production combined with some costly mistakes as well. So he stayed quiet, put in the work and then returned to the lineup Saturday vs. the Montreal Canadiens where he scored a power play goal in the 4-2 loss to the Habs at TD Garden.

“He was better,” agreed Claude Julien. “He was better tonight.”

Spooner could have had even more as he got a couple of great scoring chances in the first period vs. Montreal, but Carey Price was able to turn away a couple of free looks at the Montreal net. So the Bruins forward felt he possibly left points on the ice after it was all said and done, but also clearly played his best game of the young season after going from the press box back to the lineup.

“Yeah, I had like maybe four or five [chances] that I could have scored on,” said Spooner. “I’ve just got to bear down on those [scoring opportunities], and a lot [of them] in the first period. It’s good that I’m getting those looks, but I have to score on them.

“I’m just going to go out there and just try to play. I can’t really think about [fighting to hold a spot]. I’ve just got to go out there and try to play, I guess, the game I can and try to use the speed that I have.”

The Spooner power play strike was a nifty one with the shifty forward and David Backes connecting on a pass across the front of the net, and the young B’s forward showing the necessary assertiveness cutting to the net from his half-wall position.

Spooner had five shot attempts overall in the game, and was one of the few Bruins players really getting the chances they wanted against a pretty effective Montreal defensive group. Now it’s a matter of Spooner, along with linemates Backes and David Krejci, scoring during 5-on-5 play and giving the Bruins a little more offensive balance after riding Boston’s top line very hard during the regular season’s first couple of weeks. 

Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils


Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while waiting to find out which Walking Dead character got brained by Lucille in last season’s cliffhanger. I’m going with Abraham.

*The SI roundtable talks about the future of Jacob Trouba, and where he’ll end up going when his current situation resolves itself.

*P.K. Subban is apparently getting very comfortable in Nashville, and enjoying life in a city with NFL football.

*Fun conversation between Yahoo’s Josh Cooper and Brad Marchand about a whole range of random topics.

*A cool father-son story where they became the goaltending tandem for the Ontario Reign through a series of dominoes falling after Jonathan Quick went down with injury for the Los Angeles Kings.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Taylor Hall serving as exactly what the New Jersey Devils have needed for the last couple of years.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy says that the MLB playoffs couldn’t have played out any worse for the Boston Red Sox.