BOSTON -- Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid left Boston’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals 14 minutes into regulation. McQuaid was hurt after going face-first into the end boards behind the Boston net from a hit by Capitals forward Jason Chimera. McQuaid was helped off the ice by teammates and did not return. Chimera was given a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct.
Following the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien said McQuaid wasn’t himself after the hit, and that was why the medical staff wouldn’t allow him to continue playing.
“He suffered a cut over the eyebrow, and he wasn’t feeling quite right so the doctors didn’t want to take a chance of sending him back,” Julien said. “So we’ll probably learn more [tomorrow] and find out a little more about it. But for the obvious reasons the minute you don’t feel right, they pull you out, so hopefully we’ll get good news tomorrow, but we’ll find out later.”
Julien also felt that the hit wasn’t as dirty as it may have looked and didn’t believe there was intent to injure by Chimera.
“When it happens to you, you also have to be honest about it and I think [Chimera] 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,” Julien said. “You know, McQuaid just turned at the last second and put himself in a bit of vulnerable position. But still 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, in my mind.”
As he has in the past, Julien maintained his stance that both the hitter and the recipient of a hit have to be responsible with the speed of the game being so fast.
“That’s why I keep saying, and 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 as much because those kind of things happen,” Julien said. “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.”