The Boston Bruins have announced that defenseman Adam McQuaid will be out for up to a month with a shoulder injury.
“Adam sustained a shoulder strain and will return to Boston for further evaluation by the Bruins medical staff,” B’s GM Peter Chiarelli said in a statement. “It is anticipated that he may be out 3-4 weeks.”
McQuaid, 26, was hurt during Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Winnipeg on this hit by Jets forward Eric Tangradi:
It was only McQuaid’s second shift of the game, and he appeared to be in serious discomfort before leaving the ice (and the game) for good.
McQuaid has a goal, three assists and a plus-4 rating in 25 games this season, and will now be shelved alongside a pair of injured Bruins — Chris Kelly (broken tibia) and David Krejci (lower body).
CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports there’ll be no immediate move to recall someone from AHL Providence to replace McQuaid. It’s likely that veteran defenseman Aaron Johnson will draw into the lineup.
While Buffalo Sabres star Thomas Vanek headlines the injury list so far on Tuesday, there were plenty of other players whose bumps and bruises are leaving their teams concerned. Here’s a quick rundown:
Mendes also points out this heartening stat that shows more evidences of the Senators’ resilience:
The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Sunday, but it could be a costly game for both teams as both Kris Letang and David Krejci appeared to catch some bad injury luck. Let’s get to the talking points.
- Letang has already been injured this season (he returned from another lower-body issue about a month ago) and Pittsburgh missed him during that time. If his ailment is serious, can the Penguins be a true Stanley Cup contender without him? Does this make a trade more desirable?
- In the event that it’s a minor hiccup, do you think Letang, 25, is a leading Norris Trophy candidate?
- Moving on to Krejci, how important is he to the Bruins? Who would you move between Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton if the 26-year-old pivot is seriously hurt?
- With this win, the Penguins are all alone atop the Eastern Conference with 44 standing points, although both the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens hold games in hand. Who do you think is the best team in the East right now?
- Moving forward, what’s your “dream” Eastern Conference finals matchup in 2013? Could it indeed be Boston vs. Pittsburgh?
- The Penguins have now won nine games in a row. Which of the team’s upcoming games poses the greatest threat to that streak?
A pair of college players inked entry-level deals with NHL teams after seeing their school’s seasons end.
Boston locked up former Wild 2009 fourth-round pick and Harvard University standout Alex Fallstrom to his first NHL contract. Fallstrom’s career with the Crimson saw him finish with 70 points in his college career with 33 goals. The 6’2″ 203 pound native of Sweden led the way for the team this year with 21 points. The Bruins acquired him from Minnesota in the 2009 trade involving Chuck Kobasew.
Vancouver did things a bit differently signing college free agent Kellan Lain out of Lake Superior State. Lain, a 6’6″ 22o pound center, finished his junior year with the Lakers with eight goals, eight assists and 111 penalty minutes. That PIM total saw him finish tied for third in the country. In his three years with Lake State, Lain had 39 points and 210 penalty minutes. And here you thought truculence was Toronto’s thing.
While the Montreal Canadiens are in the conversation, Sunday’s NHL on NBC game features a battle between the East’s elite as the deep and dangerous Boston Bruins visit the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins are currently on an eight-game winning streak, with four of those victories coming since Evgeni Malkin was sidelined with an upper-body injury on March 9. Sidney Crosby can sheepishly shrug off best player in the world questions from outlets like the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all he wants, but he’s easily atop the league leaders with 47 points.
He’s not the only Penguins player making waves in Malkin’s absence, either, as Marc-Andre Fleury set another franchise goaltending record with his 23rd career shutout on Saturday.
Still, as smoldering as Pittsburgh is, many wonder if the team can play strong enough defense to make a deep playoff run in 2013 … especially against a team as balanced as the Boston Bruins.
Speaking of finding the right balance, Bruins head coach Claude Julien told CSNNE.com that Saturday’s rugged 4-1 win against the Washington Capitals showed glimpses of what he wants to see from that team.
“With what happened against that team in the last year, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be ready to play them tonight. We’ve got to start playing closer to our identity,” Julien said. “It’s about putting pucks in, fore-checking, it’s about being physical, it’s about being aggressive in more areas, and more or less playing a north-south type of game. I thought we did that tonight.”
The two teams tested each other on Tuesday, with the Penguins prevailing 3-2 against the Bruins thanks to a three-goal third period that dismantled Boston’s 2-0 lead.
Could the Penguins extend their winning streak to nine straight games or will the Bruins get revenge for Tuesday’s loss? We’ll find out starting at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.