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Bruins d-man Adam McQuaid exits win over Blues with upper-body injury

01.10.17 at 11:48 pm ET
Adam McQuaid was injured in the first period of Tuesday's win over the Blues. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Adam McQuaid was injured in the first period of Tuesday’s win over the Blues. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

The Bruins entered the week with a surplus of defensemen.

With eight healthy defensemen on their NHL roster thanks to the return of John-Michael Liles from the concussion that kept him on the shelf for over a month, another injury (naturally) appeared to hit the Black and Gold point Tuesday, as Adam McQuaid went down with an apparent injury in the first period of the B’s 5-3 victory over the Blues.

Rocked on a heavy-looking collision at the B’s blue line with Blues forward Patrik Berglund, the 6-foot-4 McQuaid immediately toppled down to the ice and did not get back up — or even look like a player that had any capabilities of getting back up without some help.

It was initially unclear what ailed McQuaid on the hit — he appeared to grab at his knee, but was also hunched over, and his face was not seen — but it was the Bruins that confirmed that it was an upper-body injury that would keep the 30-year-old out of action for the rest of the night.

Done after just 10 shifts and 6:00 of ice-time in total, the Bruins leaned heavily on their top pairing of Zdeno Chara (28:31 of time on ice in 28 shifts, including four shifts of at least 1:30) and Brandon Carlo (19:57 of time on ice in 29 shifts), along with McQuaid’s pairing partner, Torey Krug (22:26 in 28 shifts).

“It’s tough, especially with how much game was left, you really have to simplify your game,” Krug, who recorded a goal and an assist (both on the power play) in the win, said of McQuaid’s exit. “If you get stuck out there for too long, then you’re going to be winded for a while. It’s about managing the game and everybody becomes a game-manager at that point.”

A seven-year pro, McQuaid has one assist along with 87 hits and 62 blocked shots in 39 games this season.

In the second year of a four-year deal worth $11 million, McQuaid missed the first five games of this season due to an upper-body injury, and has lost 142 games to injury in total since the start of the 2011-12 season.

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