WILMINGTON, Mass. Adam McQuaid was a new Bruins body missing from practice on Wednesday morning at Ristuccia Arena, and may be a question mark for Thursday nights game against the Carolina Hurricanes with a lower body injury.
McQuaid caught his skate in a rut on the TD Garden ice late in the third period of Bostons 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators, and it appears the Bs dont yet have a definitive answer on his status for Thursdays game.
It might have been assumed McQuaid suffered an injury during his hard-hitting fight with Sens center Zenon Konopka Tuesday night, but Bs coach Claude Julien said that wasnt the case. He finished with 14:39 of ice time in the game and didnt finish things up after suffering the injury in the games final minutes.
He got injured last night, so we felt it was better to keep him off the ice today, said Julien. Well reevaluate his situation tomorrow morning.
In the good news department, Andrew Ference is returning from the suspended list for Thursday nights home game against Carolina and would off-set the potential loss of the rugged McQuaid if he cant play.
It was late in the third period he hit a rut and came off the ice there a little shaken up, said Julien. Were just evaluating him right now and hopefully we can get him back on the ice tomorrow.
The 25-year-old McQuaid missed a handful of games early in the season with an illness and a neck injury, but had been relatively healthy since the month of October.