Julien on McQuaid injury: 'There's improvement'

BOSTON -- The Bruins received some good news Thursday morning that injured defenseman Adam McQuaid (neck strain) is progressing better than expected.

“Yeah, he’s definitely better,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien, following the team’s practice at TD Garden. “I know we’re still saying day-to-day, but there’s improvement. We’re getting very optimistic that things are going to happen quicker. We’re keeping our fingers crossed and he seems to be doing well and hopefully we’ll have some better news in the next few days.”

McQuaid was injured in the waning minutes of the first period in Game 2 Monday at Philadelphia when he slammed head first into the boards. He was taken to the hospital and returned to Boston with the team later that night.

He has not skated since the injury.