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Adam McQuaid feeling better, expected to be in Bruins’ lineup vs. Hurricanes 02.02.12 at 11:55 am ET
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After missing Wednesday’s practice with a lower-body injury, Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was on the ice for Thursday’s morning skate and hopes to play Thursday night against the Hurricanes at TD Garden.

“I felt good this morning,” McQuaid said after the skate. “I’m not sure exactly if there’s been a decision made, but I felt good this morning.”

Said coach Claude Julien: “As far as we know, he should be ready to go, but we’ll probably leave it at game-time decision. He looked good this morning, and we anticipate he’s going to play.”

McQuaid caught his skate in a rut late in the third period against the Senators on Tuesday, and said that though a part of him was concerned he may have suffered something more severe, he’s feeling better now.

“There’s always a little bit of that concern,” McQuaid said. “You’re not sure how your body will react to different things, but I’m pretty happy with how I felt today.”

McQuaid will also see the return of his defense partner in Andrew Ference, who will return from a three-game suspension Thursday night.

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Adam McQuaid missing from Bruins practice 02.01.12 at 11:59 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was not on the ice as the team returned to practice Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena.

McQuaid played 14:39 in Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Senators Tuesday, but suffered a lower-body injury after catching a rut late in the third period.

Coach Claude Julien said that McQuaid came back to the bench “a little shaken up” after the play. The team hopes McQuaid can return to the ice Thursday against the Hurricanes, but it seems the defenseman’s status is up in the air.

“He got injured last night, so we just felt that it was better to keep him off the ice today,” Julien said after Wednesday’s practice. “We’ll reevaluate his situation tomorrow morning.”

The Bruins will be getting defenseman Andrew Ference back from a three-game suspension Thursday, so in the event that McQuaid is unable to go, the B’s would not need to call a defenseman up from Providence. In 42 games this season, the 25-year-old blueliner has two goals and five assists for seven points and a plus-16 rating.

Nathan Horton (concussion) was the only other player missing from practice.

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Report: Adam McQuaid won’t be suspended 12.15.11 at 3:07 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Nick Kypreos, Bruins forward Adam McQuaid will not face further discipline for his dangerous play Wednesday night in Ottawa.

McQuaid extended his left leg and kneed Senators forward Nick Foligno late in the second period in the Bruins’ 5-2 win over the Senators. He was given a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct.

The Bruins’ defenseman has not been suspended in his three years in the NHL.

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Is Adam McQuaid next? Brendan Shanahan recently suspended Kevin Porter for kneeing at 4:15 am ET
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For those wondering whether or not Adam McQuaid‘s hit on Nick Foligno Wednesday night will get him suspended, here’s what happened to Kevin Porter — who, like McQuaid, was a first-time offender — last week (video courtesy of the NHL):

Here’s video of the McQuaid play:

McQuaid isn’t a dirty player, but that might not help him here. Read more about the situation here.

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Adam McQuaid not feeling Blue since Jackets traded him 11.17.11 at 12:57 pm ET
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Adam McQuaid never got to play for the team that drafted him, but all things considered, he doesn’t mind it.

McQuaid, a second-round pick of the Blue Jackets (55th overall) in 2005, was still playing junior hockey for the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL when he was traded to the Bruins for a fifth-round draft pick on May 16, 2007.

From the moment he was drafted, McQuaid was able to add a jersey to his NHL dream. He saw himself one day manning the blue line for Columbus, but it was not be.

“Obviously, you hope the team that you get drafted by, you envision yourself being with that team,” McQuaid said after Thursday’s morning skate. “You go to camp, and you go back to junior, your mindset is on eventually someday playing with that team. Probably a little disappointed, but at the same time, it’s pretty hard to be disappointed when you come to a team like Boston, and you think about how there’s so much history in the organization. That was probably the biggest difference between the two at the time.”

McQuaid said he wasn’t necessarily upset when he was traded, but that it was something he didn’t see coming.

“More surprised than anything. I never really gave it a thought,” he said. “My whole focus was on someday playing with the Blue Jackets. Trades happen. Everyone knows that’s the business side of the game. As soon as the trade happens, you shift the focus to a new organization. I was pretty happy with where I ended up going.”

“Pretty happy” eventually became “really happy” for McQuaid. After spending two seasons developing in Providence, McQuaid began getting opportunities in the NHL with the Bruins in the 2009-10 season. He then played 67 regular season games for the B’s in 2010-11, cementing his place on the squad and winning the Stanley Cup with the team in June.

“I kind of always look at things as ‘everything happens for a reason'” McQuaid said. “Coming to Boston, they helped developed me and worked with me on my skating, puck skills, the areas that I needed to work on in order to make it to this level. Looking back, I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out.”

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Adam McQuaid leaves early; maintenance days for Rich Peverley, Dennis Seidenberg 11.02.11 at 2:15 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and forward Rich Peverley were the only two to not take the ice for Wednesday’s practice at TD Garden, with Claude Julien saying afterward that he had given the two players maintenance days.

Adam McQuaid, meanwhile, left the practice early after he was cut on the chin, but there didn’t seem to be much concern from Julien’s end.

Aside from Peverley being out, the forward lines were the same.

Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin

Benoit Pouliot – Chris Kelly – Jordan Caron

Shawn ThorntonGregory CampbellDaniel Paille

Also, if you have access to today’s Globe or Bostonglobe.com, you have to check out Fluto Shinzawa’s story on how being a sportswriter furthers his conquests as a foodie. A great, off-beat read from one of the best in the business. Significantly better than my attempt.

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Gameday notes: Adam McQuaid likely in, who’s in net? 10.27.11 at 12:00 pm ET
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The Bruins and Canadiens are set to face off for the first time this season Thursday at TD Garden. The 2-5-2 Habs are coming off a win against the Flyers Wednesday, while the 3-5-0 B’s haven’t played since Saturday’s loss to the Sharks.

Adam McQuaid (neck) has been medically cleared to play, with Claude Julien saying the “possibility of him playing is probably very good.” Julien said all seven defenseman will take the ice for warmups. If McQuaid is in, Steven Kampfer is out.

Here are a few other notes:

– The team left the morning skate in a single-file line, with Tuukka Rask the first goalie in line. That makes it tougher to tell whether he’ll be in net Thursady, but the guess here is that it’s only logical. Rask hasn’t started in nine days, and it might be better to let Thomas play in Montreal given Rask’s struggles there on March 8 of last season.

Peter Budaj was on the ice with the Canadiens’ scratches Thursday morning, so assume workhorse Carey Price will be in net vs. the B’s.

– Everyone was on the ice for the Bruins, and the forward lines remain the same as in Wednesday’s practice.

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronRich Peverley

Milan LucicChris KellyTyler Seguin

Benoit Pouliot – David KrejciNathan Horton

Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

– This will be the fourth time this season that the B’s are hosting a team who played the previous night. The Bruins are 2-1-0 in those games, as they beat the Lightning and Leafs and fell to the Sharks.

Benoit Pouliot will be facing his former Montreal mates for the first time. In his lone career game against a former team, March 20 of last season against the Wild, Pouliot racked up three points, all assists.

– This will be the first time Max Pacioretty share the ice since Chara ended the Habs winger’s season last March 8. Julien said the team’s main feeling on the situation is one of happiness that Pacioretty is healthy.

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