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Bruins’ blue liner McQuaid hurt against Leafs (Updated)

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Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was taken to the dressing room after appearing to suffer an injury in the first period of Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

McQuaid was playing the puck behind his own net, when he suddenly stopped skating and fell to the ice. He couldn’t put much, if any, pressure on his right leg as he was helped off the ice by his teammates.

Prior to getting hurt, McQuaid was involved in a spirited scrap with Frazer McLaren just before the two-minute mark of the first period.

Updated: McQuaid will not return to tonight’s game, according to the Bruins’ official Twitter account.

Morgan Rielly scratched against Bruins

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Rookie defenseman Morgan Rielly is a healthy scratch for the Toronto Maple Leafs in tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins.

Rielly, 19, and the Leafs’ first-round pick, fifth overall from the 2012 NHL Draft, has five assists in 14 games. However, in Friday’s shootout win over New Jersey, Rielly had a season-low 12 minutes and 55 seconds of ice time.

With Rielly out of the lineup, the Leafs are going with Paul Ranger and Mark Fraser as the third defence pairing, according to Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV.

Thomas appreciates Bruins fans’ standing ovation

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Even after he left them with a season remaining on his contract, Boston Bruins fans still love Tim Thomas. At least that’s the message those at the TD Garden sent when they gave him a standing ovation during last night’s 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Of course, Thomas wasn’t in goal for Florida to counter Tuukka Rask. Although the 39-year-old goaltender is close to returning from a lower-body injury, he needed a bit more time.

Still, he was happy to be back in Boston.

“I was hoping for that kind of reaction from the fans,” Thomas told the Miami Herald. “I loved playing here. I loved Boston. It was nice to see that response.”

Thomas is expected to be available on Saturday. He hasn’t been his old self so far this season, but the Panthers certainly need all the help they can get.

If you want to see the standing ovation and the game’s highlights, you can view them below:

Stars’ Seguin, Fiddler get last laugh vs. Bruins

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The spotlight might be on Tyler Seguin in Boston on Tuesday, but his Dallas Stars teammate Vernon Fiddler is stealing some of the show.

More precisely, his battles with Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg have. Earlier in tonight’s game, Seidenberg delivered a questionable hit on Fiddler (video will be added if available).

Fiddler didn’t get a chance to avenge the hit right away, as Johnny Boychuk answered instead. Instead, Fiddler, 33, drew a penalty shot trip from Seidenberg, 32, to get some revenge.

That goal eventually sent the game into OT and then a shootout, when booed returning star Seguin got the last last laugh by scoring in the shootout.*

If these two teams were in the same conference, the Bruins and Stars would have serious rivalry potential.

* -OK, Rich Peverley tallied the winner, but at least he’s a former Bruin, too …

Bruins get stronger in shootout win over Ducks

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One shot in the opening period – it’s been a while since that’s happened, as per Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com – was an indication that perhaps it wasn’t going to be their night.

But the Boston Bruins eventually overcame a sluggish first-period start and got a late game-tying power play goal from captain Zdeno Chara to eventually defeat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in a shootout Thursday night.

Their victory comes one night after the Boston Red Sox clinched the World Series. In a fitting tribute, the Bruins wore World Series Championship hats for warm-ups prior to puck drop.

The tying goal came with 2:50 remaining in the third period, as Chara planted himself in front of the net. He took a pass on a goal-mouth scramble from David Krejci and buried the puck past Jonas Hiller.

The win did come at a price. Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk left the game early in the second period and did not return, as per the team’s Twitter account. Boychuk’s condition will be updated on Friday, reports Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe.