Adam McQuaid’s season officially ended Sunday, as the Bruins released a statement saying that the defenseman had undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle Thursday. The expected recovery time is eight weeks.
The origin of the ankle injury is unclear, though McQuaid has suffered through lower-body injuries throughout the season, and it could have come from overcompensating from the initial injuries. The ankle situation did not pop up recently, according to a team source.
The surgery might mark the end of McQuaid’s tenure with the Bruins. He has been replaced by Kevan Miller as the third-pairing defenseman with Torey Krug, and McQuaid and Miller have similar skill sets. Miller is signed for two more seasons at $800,000 per year.
McQuaid’s biggest problem always has been that he hasn’t been able to consistently stay on the ice. He has had a slew of injuries in his time in Boston, from a blood clot to a shoulder injury to the ankle surgery. He is signed for one more year, at a cap hit of $1,566,667.
“It’s not easy for anyone to go through,” McQuaid said of the injury issues back in late February. “I think I’m lucky, I think I’ve been in the right mind-set right now to go through something like this. I’ve stayed really positive with it. Again, it’s a tough situation, but I control what I can.
“Every time I’ve come back I’ve hoped that that was going to be the end of it, but it’s hockey and things happen and so it goes in life.”
McQuaid ended up playing just 30 games this season, two fewer than he played in the lockout shortened 2012-13 season.
He suffered lower-body injuries Nov. 9, Nov. 30, and Jan. 19, and was called day-to-day at that point, and it was believed that he would return to play soon after the Olympic break. He never did.
The Bruins announced that McQuaid had been shut down for 2-3 weeks March 5 with a quad strain, and he returned to the ice April 9. He was last seen on the ice April 19, skating before practice with Daniel Paille and strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides.
Carey Price has been excellent against the Bruins, including withstanding 51 shots on goal in Game 1 to give Montreal the win. But the Bruins believe there might just be a place that the Canadiens’ goaltender can be beaten.
As defenseman Dougie Hamilton said, “I think we’ve definitely noticed that when he’s screened he’s looking low and he gets really low. I think we can score a lot of goals up high when we have a net-front presence. I don’t know if we’re really trying, but we’ve noticed that. I think if we can get our shots through past their defensemen, especially when they’re trying to block it, I think we have a good chance of getting it in.”
The Bruins seemed to finally solve Price in the third period Saturday, helped by some lucky bounces and some shots higher on the goalie.
“He’s a great goaltender,” Krug said. “He’s very instinctive. We’ve just got to find a way to get more traffic. He takes the bottom half of the net away very well. He’s very active from side to side.
“When you get him moving laterally, you definitely want to put him up the top half of the net. We’ve seen that; the goals that have come so far have all been the upper half of the net. We’ll see. You never know, maybe all the goals will be the bottom half of the net. You never know, but it’s a nice place to start.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien said forward Chris Kelly, out with a lower-body injury, “has come along.” He added, “Every day is a better day for him, so that’s basically all I can tell you about him.” . . . The only Bruins to take the ice Sunday were Game 2 scratches Matt Bartkowski, Justin Florek, and Corey Potter, along with Dennis Seidenberg . . . The Game 2 win was the Bruins’ first regulation win when trailing by two goals in the final 10 minutes of a postseason game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The last time the team won a playoff game in regulation when trailing by two at any point in the third was April 11, 1990, against the Whalers in Game 4 of the Adams Division semifinals . . . Zdeno Chara was plus-5 in Game 2, equaling a career high. The last Bruin to have a plus-5 in the playoffs was Ken Linseman in 1985 . . . Tuukka Rask’s victory in Game 2 was his first home win over the Canadiens. He had been 0-6-3 in his career in the regular season and postseason. He now has a 1.71 GAA and .939 save percentage in the playoffs this year.Amalie Benjamin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @amaliebenjamin.