McQuaid/By S. Bradley

Most weren’t debating whether Adam McQuaid would get a suspension for his knee-on-knee hit on Nick Foligno Wednesday night, just how many games the Bruins defenseman would get.

Well, today McQuaid was let off basically with a warning.

The Boston blueliner was fined $2,500 by the NHL for the hit, which happened late in the second period of the Bruins’ 5-2 win. McQuaid received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the play. His former junior teammate Foligno left the game briefly, but returned and wasn’t injured.

Without an explanation from NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, we can only assume that McQuaid’s lack of a history of bad hits helped his cause in avoiding a ban. His mullet and Darth Quaider powers probably helped out as well.

So McQuaid will be available to face Philadelphia Saturday in the battle of the Eastern Conference’s top two teams. The Bruins had today off and they’re scheduled to practice Friday in Ottawa before heading to Philly.