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Adam McQuaid happy to be in postseason this time around 05.02.13 at 4:13 pm ET
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Since stepping up and essentially putting Mark Stuart out of a job in the 2010-11 season, Adam McQuaid has been a reliable and physical presence on the blue line — when he’s there, at least.

McQuaid has dealt with a number of injuries in his time in the NHL, ranging anywhere from the normal stuff to blot clot surgery during the lockout. The toughest stretch for him to miss came late last season, when he suffered a head injury in the second to last game of the season and missed the Bruins’ first-round series against the Capitals.

This season, after missing a total of 16 games for various injuries (11 games due to a shoulder injury), McQuaid is healthy and able to play a role in what figures to be a physical series after Wednesday’s Game 1 against the Maple Leafs.

“It was disappointing last year not being able to play in the playoffs,” McQuaid said Thursday. “You play all season to get to this point, to give yourself an opportunity to play in the playoffs. I’m just excited to be a part of it.”

After returning from his shoulder injury on April 11, McQuaid played in three games before missing the Bruins’ game against the Panthers on April 23 against the Panthers with an undisclosed injury. It’s been a tough year for the rugged blueliner, but he said Thursday that he feels healthy.

One thing that will help a player in McQuaid’s case is the scheduling of this first-round series. The Bruins got two days off after the season ended, and they have two more between Games 1 and 2. Claude Julien kept the B’s off the ice Thursday in order to keep his players fresh.

“I think it’s good,” McQuaid said. “I think it’s good for everybody. No question, the schedule’s been busy, so it’s good to have a few days here and there, just make sure that we’re just getting recharged and ready to go.”

As for the physicality of Game 1, both teams played a style that suits McQuaid well. Each team came out hitting hard and finishing their checks, though the physicality turned to choppiness as the game got out of hand in a 4-1 Bruins win.

“It’s playoff hockey,” McQuaid said. “It’s gong to be a long series, and I think both teams are just trying to compete hard.”

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Nathan Horton out for Bruins vs. Flyers 04.22.13 at 1:58 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Nathan Horton will not travel with the team to Phildalphia for Tuesday’s game against the Flyers, B’s coach Claude Julien said following Monday’s practice. Horton, who appeared to suffer a left wrist injury while fighting Jarome Iginla on Saturday (the team is terming it an upper-body injury) left Saturday’s game and did not play Sunday or practice Tuesday.

Adam McQuaid, who was hurt on a hit from Matt Cooke Saturday and didn’t play Sunday, was on the ice Monday and will make the trip to Philadelphia. It is unknown whether he will be in Boston’s lineup against the Flyers.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Nathan Horton, Adam McQuaid out vs. Panthers 04.21.13 at 12:13 pm ET
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The Bruins were without right wing Nathan Horton and defenseman Adam McQuaid Sunday against the Panthers after the two suffered injuries in Saturday’s loss to the Penguins.

Horton appeared to injure his left wrist while fighting Penguins forward Jarome Iginla in the first period of Saturday’s game, while McQuaid was hurt on a hit from Matt Cooke. Claude Julien told reporters Sunday morning that both players are day-to-day.

With Horton and McQuaid out, Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton were both back in the lineup after serving as healthy scratches Saturday.

In a bit of a surprise move, Tuukka Rask got the nod vs. the Panthers after starting Saturday, marking the first time this season that Rask has started on back-to-back days.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

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No update on Brad Marchand as Patrice Bergeron skates and Adam McQuaid nears return 04.11.13 at 11:39 am ET
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Patrice Bergeron took part in a limited morning skate Thursday at TD Garden, marking the first time he’s been spotted on the ice since leaving last Tuesday’s game against the Senators with a concussion. Bergeron skated with Adam McQuaid, Wade Redden, Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo and Aaron Johnson.

As for Brad Marchand, Claude Julien told reporters that the left winger still was being evaluated after taking an elbow to the head from Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov. Marchand left Wednesday’s game following the elbow and did not return.

Julien did say that he feels McQuaid is “ready” to return to Boston’s lineup, and that he will likely do so Thursday against the Islanders. McQuaid has missed the last 11 games with a shoulder strain.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Injured Bruins Chris Kelly, Adam McQuaid skate 04.02.13 at 10:28 am ET
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The Bruins are getting some encouraging news on the injury front this week, as both Chris Kelly (leg) and Adam McQuaid (shoulder) skated Tuesday with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides. It was their second day on the ice, as the injured pair also skated Monday.

Kelly has been out since March 11, when he suffered a broken tibia against the Senators. The team said following the injury that he was out indefinitely, though Kelly hopes to be ready by the end of the regular season. McQuaid suffered a shoulder strain on March 19 against the Jets and was expected to miss between three and four weeks.

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Adam McQuaid out three-to-four weeks with shoulder strain 03.20.13 at 4:52 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday that defenseman Adam McQuaid is expected to miss three to four weeks with a left shoulder strain suffered in the first period of Tuesday’s loss to the Jets.

McQuaid suffered the injury on his second shift of the game when he was shoved into the corner by Jets forward Eric Tangradi. He left the game and did not return. Chiarelli issued the following statement Wednesday:

“Adam sustained a shoulder strain and will return to Boston for further evaluation by the Bruins medical staff. It is anticipated that he may be out 3-4 weeks.”

Through 25 games for the B’s this season, McQuaid has one goal and and three assists for four points and a plus-4 rating. He is tied with Shawn Thornton for the team lead with five fighting majors.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Karl Alzner on bully tactics: Bruins would never let that happen to Tyler Seguin 03.16.13 at 4:57 pm ET
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Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner says the Bruins were dirty and cheap in double teaming on a fight against Matt Hendricks in the third period of Boston’s 4-1 win over the Capitals Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Hendricks was cornered by Adam McQuaid and Shawn Thornton and eventually fought McQuaid at center ice.

“That’s the biggest joke I’ve ever seen in my life, the fact that they let those guys corner a guy like that. For all they know, Henny has a broken hand and can’t fight. If we had done that to [Tyler] Seguin with [John] Erskine, you think they would’ve let that happen? Questionable, very questionable.”

Can the Capitals do anything to respond?

“Go after one of their guys, guess that the only thing you can do,” Alzner said. “But we’re probably not going to do that because we’re not that kind of team but that’s the only thing you can do.”

There’s a back story to the Hendricks’ fight.

Hendricks got into it with Nathan Horton late in the second period, when Horton took a stick the forehead, resulting in several stitches. That angered the mild-mannered but physically imposing Horton.

“I was yelling at him, like three times,” Horton said. “I yelled at him and he didn’t look at me. Then he just kind of sprinted at me and caught me with my gloves [down]. Maybe he did hear me. I just didn’t think he did because he wasn’t looking at me.”

As for the third period, when Thornton and McQuaid cornered him, “Nobody’s going to want to go with Thorty,” Horton said. “He’s pretty scary, but we’ve got a tough team. Everybody’s got each other’s back.”

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