McQuaid not concussed but will sit vs. Penguins

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McQuaid not concussed but will sit vs. Penguins

BOSTON -- Adam McQuaid knows he was fortunate to avoid another concussion when Jason Chimera plastered him head-first into the boards last week.

The brawny Bs defenseman admitted he was disoriented right after smacking his head against the glass and dasher. But he doesnt look or feel much worse for the wear after the incident.

McQuaid practiced with the Bruins at their Tuesday morning skate at TD Garden, but will sit out tonights game against the Pittsburgh Penguins for precautionary measures.

Im feeling good. Every day is getting better, and you could see the difference that the last couple of days have made with the swelling in my eye. For a couple of days there it was swollen shut, McQuaid said. Now its coming around and Im feeling good. It was a process to get the swelling out, but its pretty much gone now.

A concussion is always a concern in situations like that. You question whats going on a little, but youre glad the pain was just localized to that eye area. The medical staff has to be careful and have to make sure everything goes through fine. So we just had to go through that process.

McQuaid missed both ends of the weekend trip to New York against the Islanders and Rangers as he remained back in Boston. Tonight will be his third straight game missed as a result of the cut around his left eye. The defenseman actually looked much better on Tuesday morning with the swelling reduced to the point where McQuaid almost appeared his normal self.

Just a hint of redness and swelling around the left eye remained as a remnant from getting charged by Chimera, so hell sit again on Tuesday night. The Bruins will also need to make another healthy scratch with Torey Krug being inserted into the lineup for his first NHL game.

So that could mean both Joe Corvo and Mike Mottau will also sit as healthy scratches as Krug gets a taste of the NHL. That also adds up to McQuaid starting to feel the urgency to get back into the Bs defensemen mix with only three games remaining until the playoffs begin.

Weve got a lot of bodies among the defensemen, so even when Im feeling good it doesnt necessarily mean I wont have to work my back into the lineup, said McQuaid. Things have been going well for the team lately, so well see.

Its a numbers game where every Bs defenseman wants to be in the top-six when the playoffs get started, and McQuaid is no different.

Thursday, March 23: Sidney Crosby, junk dealer

Thursday, March 23: Sidney Crosby, junk dealer

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while having never said “break a leg” for good luck to fellow Stoneham, Mass., native Nancy Kerrigan on social media, or otherwise.

 *A brief video history of Sidney Crosby spearing, or otherwise targeting, opponents in the crotches prepared with care and thought by the Puck Daddy himself, Greg Wyshynski.

*Elliotte Friedman has his 30 thoughts for the week and a few of them centered around new Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy.

*Could the NBA’s star-resting phenomenon reach into the NHL when it comes to getting in-season time off for the superstars?

*Give the Leafs credit because they picked up coach Mike Babcock when he made a rare screw-up against the Blue Jackets.

*Check out the sick USA/Russia skating kicks on Alex Ovechkin, who had them custom made for a charity event.

*Speaking of Ovechkin, could T.J. Oshie and not Ovechkin actually lead the Capitals in scoring this season?

*For something completely different: Hide the women and children, the Scorpions and Megadeath are going on a North American tour together.

 

Five takeaways: East top seed well within Celtics' reach

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Five takeaways: East top seed well within Celtics' reach

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