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McQuaid Injured in Loss to Caps

Thursday, 03.29.2012 / 10:54 PM ET / Features
By John Bishop  -
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McQuaid Injured in Loss to Caps
BOSTON, MA -- At the 14-minute mark of the first period, Washington's Jason Chimera drove Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid hard into the end boards behind the Bruins net.

The hit sent both men to the locker rooms, Chimera for a game misconduct (on top of a 5-minute charging major) and McQuaid for a cut above the eyebrow.

"He wasn’t feeling quite right, and the doctors didn’t want to take a chance of sending him back," explained Julien. "So we’ll probably learn more [Friday].

"But for the obvious reasons that medical staff deals with those kind of things -- the minute you don’t feel right, they pull you out -- so hopefully we’ll get good news tomorrow."

Asked if he thought Chimera's hit on McQuaid was "particularly dangerous" Julien was thoughtful.

"Well, you know, again, when it happens to you, you also have to be honest about it," said Julien. "He came off the bench, and he was going hard, and maybe it was a little bit reckless, but there’s no doubt in my mind that it wasn’t intentional.

"Mac just turned at the last second and, you know, put himself in a bit of vulnerable position, but still, like, I agree with the referee’s call: It was a bit of a reckless hit, and it deserved probably a five[-minute penalty] when you look back at the replay, and they had to make that decision.

"It was a tough one, but certainly wasn’t intent to injure by the player," he said.

Julien remained honest when he reiterated a warning to those players absorbing a check.

"You’ve heard me before, I really, really encourage our players to be careful, with the speed of the game today, to make sure you don’t turn your back to the play," said Julien. "Those kind of things happen.

"You worry about the security of the players, you worry about the safety of the game, and I’m one of those guys that will look at both sides of it and not just preach for my side of it."

Already missing the services of Dennis Seidenberg due to an infection of a cut suffered during the B's recent win over the Kings in Los Angeles, the Bruins worked without another blueline regular for much of the 3-3 shootout loss to Washington.

"You know, that’s happened a couple of times where we’ve kind of had to run our back end short, and guys respond well," said Julien. "I think we did a pretty good job.

"Again, when you look at the number of shots we gave up tonight, we’re still defensively playing decent hockey, and I think that kind of helped us stay in the game for a while, but, you know, again our D deserve a lot of credit -- [Zdeno Chara] getting a lot of ice time again tonight and handing that well also."




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