Things 'looking good' for McQuaid return

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Things 'looking good' for McQuaid return

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com
WILMINGTON, Mass. Adam McQuaid missed the final two games of the series against the Philadelphia Flyers after suffering a sprained neck following a scary collision head-first into the Wells Fargo Center boards, but it appears the rangy 6-foot-5 defenseman will be ready to return once the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning begin.Coach Claude Julien said it was "looking good" for a McQuaid return.Veteran defenseman Shane Hnidy played a grand total of 5:15 of ice time in the two games skating in place of McQuaid against the Flyers, meaning Julien basically went to a rotation of five defensemen once McQuaid went down.McQuaid made steady progress after going down and had skated for the first time on Friday in the morning prior to their Game 4 win over the Flyers that capped off the sweep at TD Garden. The hard-hitting defenseman is averaging 12:48 of ice time in the playoffs, and has three assists along with a plus-4 and seven shots on net in nine games thus far in the postseason as one of Bostons six trusted blue liners.The Bruins should be able to go with the highly successful pairings of Zdeno CharaDennis Seidenberg, Andrew FerenceJohnny Boychuk and Tomas KaberleAdam McQuaid against a Tampa Bay team looking to light them up on the scoreboard. Things are looking really good for McQuaid, so hopefully hell be back for the Tampa series, said Julien, as McQuaid skated on the Ristuccia Arena ice Sunday morning with the Black Ace reserves for the Bruins.
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Sheary, Crosby lead Penguins past Bruins, 5-1

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Sheary, Crosby lead Penguins past Bruins, 5-1

PITTSBURGH - Conor Sheary scored two goals, Sidney Crosby added his league-leading 28th and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth straight game, 5-1 over the Boston Bruins.

Pittsburgh led 2-1 through two periods before breaking out in the third with three goals in a span of 2 minutes, 57 seconds.

Sheary scored his 17th and has nine goals in nine games. Bryan Rust added his 12th and Patric Hornqvist his 11th for the Penguins, who won a season-high seventh straight at home. Pittsburgh the NHL's best home team, is 13-0-1 in its last 14 home games.

Evgeni Malkin had two assists for a season-best seven-game point streak. Crosby added two assists for a three-point game. Matt Murray made 44 saves to win his fourth straight game.

David Krejci scored his 11th for the Bruins, who have lost four straight and five of their last six.