Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was hit hard along the end boards by Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera on Thursday night and did not return to the game after immediately going to the dressing room.
UPDATE: Tuesday, April 11 at 12:55 p.m. ET
McQuaid will not play in Game 1 of the Bruins' first round series against the Washington Capitals on Thursday, according to the Boston Globe.
The Bruins have enough defensive depth to overcome McQuaid's absence, but his physical play and strong defense in his own zone will be missed.
UPDATE: Tuesday, April 3 at 7:48 p.m. ET
McQuaid skated with the Bruins Tuesday morning but did not play against the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday night, according to NESN.
"We're just playing it safe with him," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "He would be good to go if need be and he would be playing with a visor, but I think these extra two days will be better for him."
UPDATE: Friday, March 30 at 1:47 p.m. ET
McQuaid has an eye injury and will not play in the Bruins' two games this weekend, according to the Boston Herald.
The eye injury suffered by Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid Thursday is not terribly serious, according to Claude Julien. The B’s coach said McQuaid has a nasty cut over his eye, and the eye in swollen shut. But once that swelling subsides, he should be okay. “He’s got a bad cut and a swollen eye,” said Julien, who said McQuaid will miss the weekend games in New York against the Islanders tomorrow and the Rangers Sunday.
While the eye injury is probably very frustrating for McQuaid, the good news is that he has not suffered a concussion as a result of Chimera's hit.
The only update Bruins head coach Claude Julien provided after the game on McQuaid was that his defenseman had been cut over his eye as a result of the hit and wasn't feeling well, either.
"He suffered a cut over the eyebrow, and, you know, he wasn’t feeling quite right, and the doctors didn’t want to take a chance of sending him back," said Julien.
Chimera received a five-minute major penalty for charging for the hit and was ejected from the game. While Chimera was probably a bit reckless, Julien didn't believe there was an intent to injure. Julien said:
When it happens to you, you also have to be honest about it. I think, again, 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. You know, McQuaid, Mac just turned at the last second and, you know, put himself in a bit of vulnerable position.
McQuaid needed to be smarter and not put himself in such a vulnerable position with a forechecking forward coming at him. It's so difficult for a forward to let up when the defenseman turns at the last second.
Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo said, "It’s a tough play because it’s hard for that forward to stop when he’s coming that fast, and Quaider [McQuaid] kind of turned a little bit."
"The guy could have let up a little bit, but it just happens fast," Corvo said. "I think that’s why he was so upset that he got thrown out. I don’t think he’s a dirty player; I think just with his speed, it was hard for him to stop."
McQuaid has a history of head injuries, and earlier this season, he missed four games because of a neck injury.
The Bruins need to be careful with him given his history, but also because he's so important to their success defensively. Boston is already without defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who is listed as day-to-day with a leg injury.
Check back here for the latest updates on McQuaid's status as they become available.
All quotes obtained firsthand.
Nicholas Goss is a Boston Bruins Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and was the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals in Boston.