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.