McQuaid leaves loss to Caps with head injury

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McQuaid leaves loss to Caps with head injury

BOSTON -- While nothing has been confirmed on Adam McQuaid after taking a hellacious hit from behind courtesy of Washington grinder Jason Chimera in the first period, the initial reports werent exactly rosy.

The brawny, mullet-wearing defenseman crumpled to the ice after taking the hit, and instinctively covered his face and head following the impact with the boards and the dasher. McQuaid suffered a cut above his right eye and the normal disorientation after taking a blow to the head, and never returned to the game after the collision in the first period.

McQuaid suffered a cut over the right eyebrow and he wasnt feeling quite right. The doctors didnt want to take a chance of sending him back. So well probably learn more on Friday and find out a little more about it, said Claude Julien. But for the obvious reasons that medical staff deals with those kinds of things. The minute you dont feel right, they pull you out. So hopefully well get good news tomorrow, but well find out later.

McQuaid has had past issues with concussions and neck injuries, so there is further attention paid to the symptoms bothering the defenseman. Above and beyond that McQuaid also took a knee to the head during an awkward collision against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, so hed already had his bell rung to some degree before the bigger blow to his head in the 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals.

With Dennis Seidenberg in question with an infected cut on his leg and McQuaids status now up in the air, it would appear that reserve defenseman Mike Mottau might be in line for some playing this weekend against the Rangers and Islanders.

Chimera was slapped with a five-minute charging major after taking more than 10 strides after coming straight off the Washington bench before slamming into McQuaid behind the Boston net. McQuaid absolutely turned at the last minute away from Chimera with his head down playing the puck behind the net, but Chimera was going far too fast to control his actions on the ice.

Similar to the Andrew Ference hit on Ryan McDonagh that drew a three-game suspension for the Bruins defenseman, it appeared the hit was reckless while failing to qualify as intent to injure. Thats how Claude Julien saw it following the game, and the Bs coach wasnt pushing for a suspension.

Chimera came off the bench and he was going hard. Maybe it was a little bit reckless, but theres no doubt in my mind that it wasnt intentional. McQuaid just turned at the last second and put himself in a bit of vulnerable position, said Julien. But I agree with the referees call: It was a bit of a reckless hit, and it deserved probably a five-minute penalty. They had to make that decision. It was a tough one.

Thats why I keep saying that I really, really encourage our players to be careful, with the speed of the game today, to make sure you dont turn your back to the play. Those kinds of things happen. You worry about the security of the players, you worry about the safety of the game, and Im one of those guys that will look at both sides of it and not just preach for my side of it.

The Bruins at this point are clearly much concerned about the health of their rugged, stay-at-home defenseman with five games to go in the regular season than they are about what kind of discipline the league opts to pursue for Chimera.

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving two thumbs up to The Lego Batman Movie after a screening with my 3 1/2 year old.

*Alex Prewitt has a profile on Anaheim defenseman prospect Shea Theodore as he waits for his time with the Ducks.

*The Vancouver Canucks have a mumps problem this season, and we continue to wonder why this is becoming an issue again in a first-world society.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Patrick Eaves dealt to the Ducks for what could be first round pick if Anaheim advances far enough through the playoffs.

*Flyers GM Ron Hextall says that Philly’s young team won’t be buying ahead of next week’s NHL trade deadline.

*Along with his “Sutter-isms”, diversity is a family value for the Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.

*Dave Strader gets back into the broadcast booth with the Dallas Stars, and will be a welcomed addition to the national NBC broadcast of Bruins/Stars on Sunday afternoon.

*As cold as he was earlier in the season, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is heating up now for the Blueshirts.

*For something completely different: Brie Larson is already prepping for her role as Captain Marvel by stepping up her game as an influence for positive change among her Hollywood peers.


 
 

Blakely: Raptors newcomers show Celtics what they're missing

Blakely: Raptors newcomers show Celtics what they're missing

TORONTO – It’s far too soon to say if the Celtics’ decision to stand pat at the trade deadline was a mistake.
 
But the early returns aren’t encouraging.
 
Their 107-97 loss Friday night to the Toronto Raptors wasn’t because of Kyle Lowry (right wrist), who didn’t even play, or DeMar DeRozan, who played out his mind while scoring a career-high 43 points.
 
The game will be remembered by the new guys Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, both acquired at the trade deadline by the Raptors.
 
Ibaka, who was a bad fit, and on most nights a bad player, in Orlando, looked like the O-K-C Ibaka while scoring 15 points to go with seven rebounds against the Celtics – numbers that were better than his two games combined against the Celtics this season with the Magic when he scored a total of just 12 points while grabbing eight rebounds.
 
And then there was Tucker, who got a crash video course on Raptors playbook just hours before the game, and proceeded to show the kind of toughness at both ends of the floor that has made him one of the league’s more underrated defenders as he finished with a near double-double of nine points and 10 rebounds.
 
It was their first game with their new team, but you would have thought they had been with Toronto all season long with how seamless they seemed to fit in.
 
Ibaka draining jumpers, Tucker causing chaos defensively, while absolutely crushing the Celtics on the boards...their play was a painful reminder of what could have been for the Green team.
 
Both were rumored to have been in the Celtics’ crosshairs prior to the Thursday 3 p.m. trade deadline. The Celtics were lukewarm at best on Ibaka (they didn’t want what would have been a 25-game rental) and just couldn’t quite strike a deal and cross the finish line for Tucker.
 
It’s too soon to hit the panic button and rip Danny Ainge for not getting a minor deal done like adding Tucker or Ibaka.
 
Still, his players have to embrace the truth behind what transpired this trade season.
 
Ainge went big-game hunting, focusing most of the team's efforts on landing a major difference-maker, a la Jimmy Butler or Paul George.
 
When that didn’t work out, he settled for the next best thing, which was to keep this group together.
 
The onus is now on them to prove that trust Ainge has in them, was well-placed.
 
Putting too much stock in the first game after the break is a risky proposition that no one should subscribe to.
 
But in the loss, it revealed many of the concerns and weaknesses of this roster that tend to get magnified in defeat while glossed over when they manage to win despite those flaws.
 
Isaiah Thomas may be the best scorer in the fourth quarter, but he’s human.
 
There will be games when Mr. Fourth Quarter can’t get it done.
 
Friday night was that kind of game for him. He scored just four of his team-high 20 points in the fourth.
 
And as the Raptors blitzed him repeatedly with two and three defenders, his teammates failed to step up when the opportunity was there to make impactful, game-altering plays down the stretch.
 
Watching the Celtics’ defense in the second half was painful.
 
DeRozan got whatever he wanted, when he wanted it.
 
And when he missed, the Raptors controlled the boards, got all the 50/50 balls and repeatedly out-worked Boston.
 
It exposed Boston in a way that’s painful to see, especially when those inflicting the greatest amount of damage could have been in the Celtics huddle and not the one on the other sideline.