McQuaid not concussed but will sit vs. Penguins

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McQuaid not concussed but will sit vs. Penguins

BOSTON -- Adam McQuaid knows he was fortunate to avoid another concussion when Jason Chimera plastered him head-first into the boards last week.

The brawny Bs defenseman admitted he was disoriented right after smacking his head against the glass and dasher. But he doesnt look or feel much worse for the wear after the incident.

McQuaid practiced with the Bruins at their Tuesday morning skate at TD Garden, but will sit out tonights game against the Pittsburgh Penguins for precautionary measures.

Im feeling good. Every day is getting better, and you could see the difference that the last couple of days have made with the swelling in my eye. For a couple of days there it was swollen shut, McQuaid said. Now its coming around and Im feeling good. It was a process to get the swelling out, but its pretty much gone now.

A concussion is always a concern in situations like that. You question whats going on a little, but youre glad the pain was just localized to that eye area. The medical staff has to be careful and have to make sure everything goes through fine. So we just had to go through that process.

McQuaid missed both ends of the weekend trip to New York against the Islanders and Rangers as he remained back in Boston. Tonight will be his third straight game missed as a result of the cut around his left eye. The defenseman actually looked much better on Tuesday morning with the swelling reduced to the point where McQuaid almost appeared his normal self.

Just a hint of redness and swelling around the left eye remained as a remnant from getting charged by Chimera, so hell sit again on Tuesday night. The Bruins will also need to make another healthy scratch with Torey Krug being inserted into the lineup for his first NHL game.

So that could mean both Joe Corvo and Mike Mottau will also sit as healthy scratches as Krug gets a taste of the NHL. That also adds up to McQuaid starting to feel the urgency to get back into the Bs defensemen mix with only three games remaining until the playoffs begin.

Weve got a lot of bodies among the defensemen, so even when Im feeling good it doesnt necessarily mean I wont have to work my back into the lineup, said McQuaid. Things have been going well for the team lately, so well see.

Its a numbers game where every Bs defenseman wants to be in the top-six when the playoffs get started, and McQuaid is no different.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.