McQuaid sorry about hit on Foligno

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McQuaid sorry about hit on Foligno

KANATA, Ontario Judging by his words, and his sheepish expression, Adam McQuaid felt badly about his actions in Wednesday nights 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.

In the final minutes of the second period, with the Bruins holding tightly to a 2-1 lead on the road, McQuaid saw Nick Foligno squeezing past him along the sideboards with the puck, speeding into the offensive zone and perhaps readying for the game-tying chance against Tim Thomas.

So McQuaid kicked his leg out to impedeFoligno'smomentum out of the neutral zoneand ended up making knee-on-knee contract that immediately sent the Senators forward to the ice in obvious pain.

It broke up the offensive rush Foligno was about to make, but it also earned McQuaid a five-minute major and a game misconduct -- and a whole helping of guilty feelings for a Bruins defenseman that's as honest as they come.If I could take it back, I definitely would, said McQuaid, who blocked a pair of shots and registered three hits in. It was one of those things where you go, Oh, crap, right after it happened.

"The penalty was deserved. Thats not me at all. I think thats actually my first major penalty in my career outside of the fighting calls, and I dont plan on getting any more.

McQuaid has a long history with Foligno -- the two skated together in juniors -- and the personal connection made his actions hit that much closer to home for both players during the postgame breakdown."He was just trying to slow down my progress. It was a hockey play and I don't think there was any attempt to injure," said Foligno. "I've known Quaider a long time and I know he's not that type of player."One might expect McQuaid to hear from the league about a potential fine or suspension immediately after the incident transpired, but the likelihood is he won't be penalized beyond the major penalty. There is no past history with McQuaid when it comes to the world ofsupplemental discipline, and Foligno wasn't seriously injured; he only missed one shift.

If the NHL's chief disciplinarian, Brendan Shanahan, does contact McQuaid, itll be the third Bruin he's contacted in the last month. Milan Lucic was talked to, but not fined or suspended, for his hit on Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, and Brad Marchand was fined for his slew-foot last week. McQuaid's actions willprobably will be more in line with the Lucic approach rather than the Marchand route when Shanahan reviews the video.

As one would expect, Claude Julien came to McQuaid's defense after the game.

Its hits that happen within fractions of a second," said the Bruins coach. "Certainly McQuaid isnt a dirty player and it certainly wasnt intentional. How theyre going to look at it? I dont know.

It was nice to see Foligno come back and not be injured. One guy certainly didnt do it on purpose and the other guy was okay . . .

"I wont say it harmless. But things happen with competitive players that end up getting guys injured.McQuaid already paid his price with the major penalty in a tight hockey game that could have gone either way, and the Bruins can ill afford to lose him while still waiting for Zdeno Chara to return from a lower body injury.

Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.

The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.

NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.

 

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