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Adam McQuaid, Ryan Spooner suffer injuries in loss to Golden Knights

Ty Anderson
October 16, 2017 - 1:41 am

What happened to the Bruins will not stay in Vegas, and Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy saw his team lose more than just the game by a 3-1 final, as forward Ryan Spooner and Adam McQuaid were both lost to lower-body injuries by the night’s end.  

Spooner suffered a lower-body injury just two shifts into the second period, and finished the night with just eight shifts and 6:42 of time on ice.

Spooner has one assist and four shots on goal in five games this season. His absence forced the Bruins to throw their bottom-six forward group into a blender, and Cassidy tried to replace Spooner on the Black and Gold’s first power-play unit with forward Danton Heinen. If Spooner is out for a prolonged stretch, it would only make sense that Austin Czarnik, who has skated in two games this season, would draw back in as the third-line center.

It was unclear what exactly bothered Spooner to the point where he was knocked out of this game, but there was no secret when it came to what happened to McQuaid.

Moving towards the slot in an attempt to block a shot in the third period, McQuaid was absolutely rocked with a Colin Miller slapshot that directly connected with the inside of his knee.

Down to the ice in a heap, the 6-foot-5 McQuaid moaned so loudly that the on-ice cameras picked it up over the crowd noise, and McQuaid was eventually helped up to his feet and barely made his way down the tunnel. He (obviously) did not return.

Cassidy, whose team is already without forwards David Backes, Patrice Bergeron, and Noel Acciari, did not have a clear update on either McQuaid and Spooner after the game, and said they will be re-assessed in the next few days.

The Bruins are off until Thursday night when they host the Canucks at TD Garden.

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