McQuaid scratched vs. Devils after rough travel day


McQuaid scratched vs. Devils after rough travel day

BOSTON -- Adam McQuaid could have jumped back into the lineup against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night, but the Bruins thought better of it given the circumstances. The 6-foot-5 defenseman missed Mondays game in Carolina while traveling to Prince Edward Island for his grandmothers funeral services, and then was grounded in Canada due to inclement weather as he tried to make it back to Boston.

The rangy blueliner actually slept at the airport on Monday night, and didnt get on a flight back to Boston until first thing on Tuesday morning. He arrived in time for a morning skate on the TD Garden ice Tuesday, but Julien thought that giving McQuaid one more day was the right thing under the circumstances.

We decided to give him another day. He got in Tuesday morning but you know slept at the airport last night. There were some cancellations and there wasnt much time between when he found out and when he had to leave so he basically slept in an airport, said Julien. And not having skated for a few days I thought it was more prudent, I guess, to let him skate a little bit and get a practice under his belt before we reinsert him.

So Aaron Johnson played 16:13 of ice time in his fourth appearance in the first six games, blocked a shot, threw out a couple of hits and put two shots on net in a decidedly solid performance. Its expected that McQuaid will jump back into the lineup when the Bruins host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night at TD Garden.

McQuaid has zero points and one shot on goal to go with 11 PIMs while averaging 14:13 of ice time in four games thus far this season.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.

Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure


Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure

The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.

It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.

Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.

The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.