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Adam McQuaid back in lineup after having stitches to close neck wound

Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was cleared and back in the lineup Monday night against Ottawa, despite receiving nearly 25 stitches to close a wound in his neck in a game against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

McQuaid played over 17 minutes in his return as the Senators defeated the Bruins, 4-2.

McQuaid's neck was injured when the skate of teammate David Backes sliced his neck open.

"Initially, when I didn't see any blood, I figured that I was OK," McQuaid said. "They didn't blow the whistle, and [play] was still going on in an obviously important part of the game. I was pretty helpless without my stick, but I was just trying to be a body getting in the way."

"I don't think many guys saw it on the ice," added McQuaid, whose stitches resemble a zipper running halfway across the right side of his neck. "Once I got to the bench, Colin Miller at first was like, 'Oh, you're OK.' Then, 'No, actually, you're cut. You might want to have it looked at.' "

McQuaid was taken to the Bruins dressing room, where the wound was stitched. The Bruins went on to defeat the Devils 3-2.

McQuaid did not practice Sunday, and it remains to be seen whether he'll wear equipment to protect his neck on Monday.