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David Krejci, Adam McQuaid injured in win over Canucks

Ty Anderson
October 20, 2017 - 12:54 am

As it has for most of the year, two came in and two came out for the Bruins on Thursday, as the return of David Backes and Patrice Bergeron was met with injuries to center David Krejci and defenseman Adam McQuaid in a 6-3 win over the Canucks.

In the case of Krejci, a thunderous hit along the corner of the Vancouver zone seemed to certainly bug the Czech pivot, as he was to get back to his feet and bench, where he talked to trainers before the decision to leave the game was ultimately made.

“He has an upper body; he had to leave,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of Krejci, who recorded one goal and an assist in just 8:21 of time on ice before exiting in the second period. “[Krejci] wasn’t feeling too terrific today, and then he got, I think there was a cross-check there. So, he tried it, couldn’t continue. I think he had some spasms.

“But I don’t think there’s anything long-term there at all.”

And for the second game in a row, it was a blocked shot right to the knee that hobbled McQuaid, and with a second blocked shot to the knee on the same shift that served as the killshot that floored him, and required his teammates to push him to the bench and off the ice.

“He blocked a shot – lower body – and he’ll get evaluated tonight or tomorrow,” Cassidy said of the veteran McQuaid. “I don’t know how serious – he blocks a lot of shots. This one stung him obviously so we’ll see how it turns out.”

It seems like just another day at the office for the 6-foot-5 McQuaid, whose four blocked shots were tied for the most among Bruins in the win (Kevan Miller also had four), and it’s those kind of nights that make McQuaid an appreciated figure in the locker room.

“Adam [McQuaid] has been doing that for years around here,” Cassidy acknowledged after the victory. “He’s one of the unsung heroes in that locker room. Doesn’t get a lot of credit for what he does, the tough parts of the game, blocking shots, sticking up for your teammates. He actually manages the puck very well. He’s not a flashy player. He’s not a guy that just throws it away either. He makes good decisions with it, and every team needs Adam McQuaid’s, and we’re certainly fortunate to have him.”

It’s unclear as to whether or not either player will be available for Friday’s 11 a.m. practice at Warrior Ice Arena, but given the long list of injuries, Cassidy seems prepared to handle it either way.

“We’re getting used to it around here,” Cassidy joked.

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