CHICAGO Adam McQuaid, suffering from headaches after banging his head against the boards in Carolina during Wednesday nights loss, will miss his second game of the season Saturday night when the Bruins face the Blackhawks.
Coach Claude Julien said McQuaid's problem was more of a neck injury than a concussion, but the Bruins were going to treat it as a concussion given the symptoms being exhibited by the 24-year-old defenseman. Julien also said the injury was similar to the neck injury suffered by McQuaid during last years playoff series against the Flyers, which knocked him out of the final two games of that postseason series.In that instance McQuaid was looking to finish a hit on Mike Richards behind the Boston net, and instead tumbled head-first into the boards when Richards side-stepped the B's defenseman.
Hes still suffering some headaches," said Julien. "Right now its a neck pain, so its really hard to diagnosis whats going on. We dont know if its definitely a concussion or a neck straight suffered during the fall.
Hes still day-to-day taking the cautious route, and treating it like it was a concussion. Hes feeling better every day and if it is a concussion then its probably a mild one. But were treating it cautiously.
With McQuaid on the shelf, Matt Bartkowski will be getting another chance to fill in as the sixth defenseman. Bartkowski played 8:22 against the Flyers on opening night as the Bruins went largely with a five-man defense rotation, and that may be the way things play out again at the United Center.