Adam McQuaid, Colin Miller being medically evaluated after Bruins win

Adam McQuaid, Colin Miller being medically evaluated after Bruins win

ST LOUIS – The Bruins enjoyed one of their most dominant wins of the season in a 5-3 thrashing of the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on Tuesday night, but they may end up paying a price for the two points.

Right shot defensemen Adam McQuaid and Colin Miller both went down with injuries in the win over the Blues, and forced an undermanned B’s back end to work double time in order to take down St. Louis. It appeared that Miller returned to the bench late in the third period, but B’s coach Claude Julien said both players were being evaluated following the win over the Blues.

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“They’re both actually being seen by doctors right now,” said Claude Julien following the win in St. Louis. “Adam McQuaid is being evaluated, and the same thing with Miller. It’s hard to have a diagnosis this shortly after the game.”

McQuaid appeared to perhaps injure his right shoulder in the first period on a heavy collision with Blues forward Patrik Berglund, and had to be helped back to the dressing after staying on the ice for a few minutes following the initial hit. Miller had an awkward collision with Zdeno Chara and a Blues player in the third period where it appeared that he twisted his right leg, and was spotted flexing the foot and leg as he skated off the ice and down to the Bruins dressing room.

It’s obviously far too early to make any assumptions about either player’s availability for Thursday night against the Nashville Predators, but the B’s do have two extra D-men in Joe Morrow and John-Michael Liles just in case both players aren’t ready to go. 

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.

*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.

*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.

*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.  

*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.

*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.

*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.