WILMINGTON, Mass. — The next step in Adam McQuaid’s attempt to return to the lineup from a sprained neck was accomplished today, as he went through the entirety of a full-contact practice at Ristuccia Arena.
McQuaid was injured in the first period of Game 2 of the Bruins’ four-game sweep of Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. He missed Game 3 and 4 and only started skating again Friday on the morning of Game 4.
“It’s always hard watching,” said McQuaid, who noted that things are progressing well on his road to 100 percent health. “But the guys did a great job and made it a little easier. Everyone stepped up and did a great job.”
You won’t find many plays more bizarre than the one that landed McQuaid on the shelf. He’s watched the video a couple times and today described what happened when he missed a hit on Flyers center Mike Richards and then crashed into the end wall.
“He made a nice move, he kind of ducked away,” said McQuaid. “To me, he just sort of disappeared and then I crashed into the boards.”
There were fears McQuaid had been more seriously injured. After he was helped off the ice, he was taken to the hospital to be examined. The hospital, however, didn’t keep him and he returned to Boston with his teammates after their win.
“It’s just kind of a shock to the system, obviously,” he said about being laid out on the ice. “I wasn’t prepared; I didn’t see it coming. Then when I got my bearings and moved around a little bit, I felt a lot better.”
The Bruins will feel much better with McQuaid back in the lineup when the Eastern Conference final series with Tampa Bay opens later this week.