McQuaid: 'I feel fortunate'

BOSTON -- It’s obvious Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is not 100 percent after suffering a neck strain in Game 2 of the conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers, but the blueliner is practicing with no restrictions and should be ready for Game 1 of the conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday at TD Garden.

McQuaid missed Games 3 and 4 against the Flyers after he went head first into the boards in the waning minutes of the first period of Game 2 in Philadelphia. He’s been practicing in preparation for the next round, and he also knows how fortunate he is because his injury could have been a lot worse.

“I feel very fortunate,” he said. “The guys all stepped up and did a great job, and being able to close out the series and give us [injured players] a few more days [to rest] helps a lot, too.”

Because it was a neck injury, the Bruins’ medical staff was cautious with McQuaid.

“I did feel better today than I did yesterday,” he said. “I’m happy about that and hopefully I’ll keep progressing each day.”