April 15, 2012

McQuaid not joining Bruins for trip to Washington

By Jesse Connolly

BOSTON – Following some off-ice meetings at TD Garden on Sunday morning, the Bruins headed to the airport to fly down to Washington D.C., where they’ll take on the Capitals in Game 3 of their quarterfinal series on Monday night. Defenseman Adam McQuaid wasn’t among those boarding the flight. 

The 25-year-old defenseman, as you may recall, was injured on a hit by Caps forward Jason Chimera on March 29. He returned to the lineup briefly on April 5 before leaving that night’s game against the Senators up in Ottawa.

Initially deemed a head injury, B’s coach Claude Julien changed the diagnosis to an upper-body ailment prior to the start of the playoffs.

“He’s not going to make the trip,” Julien confirmed on Sunday. “He’s going to stay here and continue to get treatment because right now he’s not ready to go on the ice. He’s going to continue treatment and when he’s ready to start working out with the team then we’ll bring him with us.”

Without McQuaid, the Bruins have used deadline-day acquisition Greg Zanon and Joe Corvo on their bottom pairing. Corvo has averaged 19:53 of ice time per tilt, while Zanon clocks in at 17:22. Combined they’re plus-3 thus far in the series, but the two visibly struggled throughout overtime in Saturday’s 2-1 setback.

Julien also confirmed that goaltender Tuukka Rask will be joining the team for the trip down to D.C. No word on if he’ll be ready to serve as Thomas’ backup in Game 3 on Monday or Game 4 on Thursday night.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.