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Adam McQuaid to miss Game 1 vs. Capitals with upper-body injury 04.11.12 at 12:36 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins finally gave a little more news on Adam McQuaid.

McQuaid missed practice for the third straight day Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena. After the skate, B’s coach Claude Julien announced that McQuaid, who is dealing with an upper-body injury, will not be in the lineup for Game 1 against the Capitals Thursday.

Johnny Boychuk and Tuukka Rask practiced for the B’s once again, with Julien saying the team will make a decision on Boychuk’s status Thursday

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Adam McQuaid misses third straight practice at 10:51 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The lines and attendees of Wednesday’s practice was unchanged for the Bruins, as Adam McQuaid remained the only absence. McQuaid is still out with what the team is calling an upper-body injury.

Here are the lines:

Milan Lucic ‘€“ David Krejci ‘€“ Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand ‘€“ Patrice Bergeron ‘€“ Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot ‘€“ Chris Kelly ‘€“ Brian Rolston
Daniel Paille/Jordan Caron ‘€“ Gregory Campbell ‘€“ Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara ‘€“ Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference ‘€“ Johnny Boychuk
Greg Zanon ‘€“ Joe Corvo

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Proactive Claude Julien says ‘nothing’s changed’ with Adam McQuaid 04.10.12 at 1:05 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Adam McQuaid was once again absent from Bruins practice on Tuesday as he continues to deal with what the team is calling an upper-body injury.

Things got testy between coach Claude Julien and the media Monday regarding the defenseman’s status and what the identity of the injury, and on Tuesday Julien addressed injuries prior to taking questions.

“Guys, before we get going,” Julien said, “Injury update: It’s the same as yesterday. Nothing’s changed, and that’s where we are.”

McQuaid was initially hurt when he went into the end boards head-first in the Bruins’€™ March 29 game against the Capitals on a hit from Capitals winger Jason Chimera. The defenseman cut his eye on the play, which led to swelling. He tried to return last Thursday against the Senators while wearing a visor, but left the game in the second period. The team considers him to be day-to-day.

Johnny Boychuk (knee) and Tuukka Rask (abdomen/groin) both practiced Tuesday for the second consecutive day.

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Adam McQuaid absent again, Bruins work on power play at 11:28 am ET
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WILMINGTON – Adam McQuaid was once again absent from Bruins’ practice Tuesday, as the defenseman is still out with what the team is now calling an upper-body injury.

The lines and defensive pairings were the same as Monday, and both Tuukka Rask and Johnny Boychuk were on the ice with full participation. Mike Mottau served as the seventh defenseman.

Here are the lines and defensive pairings:

Milan LucicDavid KrejciRich Peverley
Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot – Chris KellyBrian Rolston
Daniel Paille/Jordan Caron – Gregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Zdeno CharaDennis Seidenberg
Andrew FerenceJohnny Boychuk
Greg Zanon – Joe Corvo

The B’s got a good amount of power play work in as well. The units are as follows.

PP1: Chara, Corvo, Krejci, Lucic, Rolston
PP2: Seidenberg, Peverley, Bergeron, Marchand, Seguin

According to the Washington Post, here are the lines from Tuesday’s practice. Note that Marcus Johansson is not on the first line with Alexander Ovechkin and Brooks Laich. Instead, Troy Brouwer is skating on the right wing on Washington’s top line.

Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer
Chimera-Backstrom-Semin
Hendricks-Beagle-Johansson
Aucoin-Perreault-Ward
Knuble, Halpern and Eakin working as extras

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Hamrlik-Green
Schultz-Wideman
Erskine-Orlov

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Secretive Claude Julien says Adam McQuaid’s status is ‘up in the air’ 04.09.12 at 1:03 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Adam McQuaid did not participate in Monday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, the only notable absence for the B’s as they prepare for the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

McQuaid went into the end boards head-first in the Bruins’ March 29 game against the Capitals, with the Bruins defenseman cutting his eye, which led to swelling. He tried to return last Thursday against the Senators while wearing a visor, but left the game in the second period.

The plot thickened a bit regarding his actual injury after Monday’s practice, as Claude Julien would not term McQuaid’s injury an eye injury, but an “upper-body injury.” Asked whether the team was treating the injury as a concussion, Julien declined response.

Peter [Chiarelli] addressed [McQuaid's status] yesterday, and every day we keep going back to the same guys,” Julien said. “It’s day-to-day. It’s playoff time, and it’s day-to-day, so that’s all I’m going to say about it.”

Both Johnny Boychuk and Tuukka Rask returned to practice Monday. Rask faced shots, while Boychuk took regular turns in line rushes and took physical contact. Julien feels the two players are headed in the right direction, but noted it’s a tougher call with McQuaid.

“His situation is up in the air,” Julien said. “It could be resolved soon or later. Right now, as I told you guys the other day, we’re use being cautious. He’s day-to-day, and cautious is the approach we’ve taken.”

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Johnny Boychuk, Tuukka Rask present for first postseason practice at 10:48 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins held their first practice of the postseason Monday at Ristuccia Arena. Johnny Boychuk (knee) and Tuukka Rask (abdomen/groin) were both present for the skate, while Adam McQuaid (eye) was missing.

The lines are as follows:

Milan LucicDavid KrejciRich Peverley
Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot – Chris KellyBrian Rolston
Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Jordan Caron served as the extra forward on the Campbell line. One could assume the final spot in the lineup will come down to Caron and Paille.

Boychuk took regular turns when the Bruins did line rushes early in the skate. Rask was moving around well, taking shots as one of three goaltenders on the ice. Tim Thomas and Anton Khudobin are the other two, as Marty Turco is ineligible because he signed after the trade deadline.

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Peter Chiarelli says Nathan Horton ‘a longshot’ to return this season, gives updates on Tuukka Rask, Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid 04.08.12 at 1:01 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said on a conference call Sunday that while he won’t rule Nathan Horton out for the season, the veteran winger is a “longshot” to play again this season after suffering his most recent concussion in January.

Horton began skating last week but has not yet been cleared for contact. Chiarelli noted that Horton is “quite far off right now” as he still has occasional post-concussion syndrome issues. Even if Horton were to be cleared for contact, Chiarelli said the 26-year-old would still need “a couple of weeks” before he would be ready to play in games.

“Well, certainly if he were to be cleared at some point, he’€™d need at least a couple weeks to get back so he’€™s quite far off right now,” Chiarelli said. “I know he’€™s skating, [but] he’€™s had little bouts here and there with post-concussion symptoms so it’€™s a long shot. I’€™m not going to rule him out yet but it’€™s a longshot.”

In 46 games this season, Horton has 17 goals and 15 assists for 32 points and an even rating.

On the status of the team’s other injured players, Chiarelli said defensemen Johnny Boychuk (bruised knee) and Adam McQuaid (swollen eye) are both “day-to-day,” while he considers goaltender Tuukka Rask “a little bit more than day-to-day” as the Finnish netminder looks to return from an abdomen strain/groin strain. If Rask is unable to play, Anton Khudobin will be Tim Thomas‘ backup when the playoffs begin against the Capitals.

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