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.