OTTAWA – The Bruins have lost another defenseman to injury for the fourth straight game as their organizational depth continues to get tested in the playoffs.
This time it was Adam McQuaid lasting just seven shifts and 2:26 of ice time before leaving with an upper body injury in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime Game 2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. McQuaid now joins Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo and Colin Miller as D-men that have fallen in each of the last four games and really begun to stretch the bounds of what the Black and Gold can handle before their depth gets compromised.
“It’s just hockey. They lost a guy too [Mark Borowiecki] so it happens,” said Bruins interim head coach Bruce Cassidy. “We’re on a bad run. Let’s face it. That’s the fourth game in a row where we’ve lost a guy early. But you’ve just got to suck it up and play, and the onus goes on the whole team.”
McQuaid’s final shift was with about six minutes to go in the first period when he blocked an Alex Burrows shot. It’s not known if that’s where the injury occurred or if it was a fairly big hit he took behind the Boston net that got Burrows whistled for interference earlier in the first period.
“It’s an upper body injury,” said Cassidy. “As the game goes on I just get an update that it doesn’t look good and he probably won’t be back tonight. We’ll see how he is [on Sunday].”
The good news is that it sounds like Brandon Carlo is making some progress toward a return back in Boston, but another injury could very well force the Bruins to dip into reserve D-men like Matt Grzelcyk, Tommy Cross and Rob O’Gara currently in Providence after the P-Bruins clinched an AHL playoff spot earlier this weekend.