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Player's Blog with Adam McQuaid
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Player's Blog with the Bruins' Adam McQuaid

McQuaid: The most disappointing loss of my life

Tuesday, 06.25.2013 / 1:14 AM / Player's Blog with the Bruins' Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid - Special to NHL.com

Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is already a veteran of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including winning a Stanley Cup title with the Bruins in 2011 and approaching 50 postseason games for his career before his 27th birthday.

This postseason, McQuaid, 26, has been a staple of Boston's third defensive pairing, providing a shut-down presence for Claude Julien. In the Eastern Conference Final, McQuaid scored the series-winning goal in a stunning four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

McQuaid was gracious enough to agree to keep a player blog that has appeared on NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

In his final installment, McQuaid talks about the heartbreaking 3-2 loss the Boston Bruins suffered in Game 6 at TD Garden on Monday, a loss that eliminated Boston from the Stanley Cup Final. He also discussed the inspirational performance of injured center Patrice Bergeron and the difficulty of absorbing a loss that came when Chicago scored two goals in a 17-second span during the final 80 seconds of regulation time.

It's hard to put into words what just happened. I'm not sure. That can happen. We've been on the other end of it. You know you have to play right to the whistle. We're shocked just how quickly things turned.  Coming down to the last minute with the lead, you hope that you can keep it, try to do everything you can to do that; but they pushed hard and found a way to tie it. They didn't sit back and kept pushing forward and found a way to get another one.

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McQuaid: Bruins have been here before

Sunday, 06.23.2013 / 12:48 AM / Player's Blog with the Bruins' Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid - Special to NHL.com

Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is already a veteran of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including winning a Stanley Cup title with the Bruins in 2011 and approaching 50 postseason games for his career before his 27th birthday.

This postseason, McQuaid, 26, has been a staple of Boston's third defensive pairing, providing a shut-down presence for Claude Julien. In the Eastern Conference Final, McQuaid scored the series-winning goal in a stunning four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

McQuaid has been gracious enough to agree to keep a player blog that will appear on NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

In his latest installment, McQuaid talks about the tough 3-1 loss the Boston Bruins absorbed in Game 5 at the United Center to go down 3-2 in the best-of-7 series. He also discussed the play of forward Carl Soderberg in his first playoff game and the defense-pair shifting that went on in the third period Saturday night.

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McQuaid: Glad rookie Hamilton moved in with me

Friday, 06.21.2013 / 9:19 PM / Player's Blog with the Bruins' Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid - Special to NHL.com

Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is already a veteran of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including winning a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011 and approaching 50 postseason games for his career before his 27th birthday.

This postseason, McQuaid, 26, has been a staple of Boston's third defensive pairing, providing a shut-down presence for Claude Julien. In the Eastern Conference Final, McQuaid scored the series-winning goal in a stunning four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

McQuaid has been gracious enough to agree to keep a player blog that will appear on NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

In his latest installment, McQuaid talks about taking in rookie defenseman Doug Hamilton, who turned 20 on June 17, as a roommate for the season.

I was asked when Dougie made the team if I would be interested in taking him in and having him live with me. I can just imagine at that age to not only play in the NHL but be living in a big city, living on your own for the first time and trying to figure all that out, it would be a pretty big jump for anybody to have all those things going on. I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to help him out and just try to ease the transition a little bit.

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McQuaid: Bruins have makeup to bounce back

Thursday, 06.20.2013 / 5:00 PM / Player's Blog with the Bruins' Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid - Special to NHL.com

Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is already a veteran of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including winning a Stanley Cup title with the Bruins in 2011 and approaching 50 postseason games for his career before his 27th birthday.

This postseason, McQuaid, 26, has been a staple of Boston's third defensive pairing, providing a shut-down presence for Claude Julien. In the Eastern Conference Final, McQuaid scored the series-winning goal in a stunning four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

McQuaid has been gracious enough to agree to keep a player blog that will appear on NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

In his latest installment, McQuaid talks about how his team has grown in the past three years, the impact that Mark Recchi had on him and the 2011 championship team and the fine art of "turning the page" in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

When we went to the Stanley Cup Final against the Vancouver Canucks in 2011, everything was new for me then. It was my first experience. You looked at some of the guys who had been through it before -- a guy like Mark Recchi, who had won a couple of Cups. I just noticed he had a pretty calm demeanor and approach to things. The kind of approach where win or lose, you move on and the next game is a new game and a fresh start. Going that far for most of the guys on that team was a new experience. To have someone who had been through it before, I think, was helpful to everyone.

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McQuaid: Time to put Game 4 in the past

Thursday, 06.20.2013 / 11:34 AM / Player's Blog with the Bruins' Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid - Special to NHL.com

Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is already a veteran of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including winning a Stanley Cup title with the Bruins in 2011 and approaching 50 postseason games for his career before his 27th birthday.

This postseason, McQuaid, 26, has been a staple of Boston's third defensive pairing, providing a shut-down presence for Claude Julien. In the Eastern Conference Final, McQuaid scored the series-winning goal in a stunning four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

McQuaid has been gracious enough to agree to keep a player blog that will appear on NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

In his latest installment, McQuaid talks about the tough 6-5 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday at TD Garden, a game that saw Boston commit several mistakes in the defensive zone but find an answer each time until Brent Seabrook scored midway through the first OT.

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McQuaid: Bruins want to make Boston proud

Tuesday, 06.18.2013 / 3:55 PM / Player's Blog with the Bruins' Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid - Special to NHL.com

Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is already a veteran of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including winning a Stanley Cup title with the Bruins in 2011 and approaching 50 postseason games for his career before his 27th birthday.

This postseason, McQuaid, 26, has been a staple of Boston's third defensive pairing, providing a shut-down presence for Claude Julien. In the Eastern Conference Final, McQuaid scored the series-winning goal in a stunning four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

McQuaid has been gracious enough to agree to keep a player blog that will appear on NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

In his latest installment, McQuaid talks about the city he has called home for the past three years, discussing the city's history, sports landscape and the indelible marks left on the city by the Boston Marathon bombing two months ago.

BOSTON -- I've been in Boston for a few years now, and I love it. It was a bit of an adjustment coming to a bigger city from Prince Edward Island. But I think the great thing about Boston is it is a big city that has a small-town feel to it. For the most part, if I am getting out, I'm walking or taking the T or something. It's pretty easy getting around. I really do feel there couldn't be a better place to be.

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McQuaid talks better start, defending home ice

Tuesday, 06.18.2013 / 11:50 AM / Player's Blog with the Bruins' Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid - Special to NHL.com

Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is already a veteran of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including winning a Stanley Cup title with the Bruins in 2011 and approaching 50 postseason games for his career before his 27th birthday.

This postseason, McQuaid, 26, has been a staple of Boston's third defensive pairing, providing a shut-down presence for Claude Julien. In the Eastern Conference Final, McQuaid scored the series-winning goal in a stunning four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

McQuaid has been gracious enough to agree to keep a player blog that will appear on NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

In his latest installment, McQuaid talks about Boston's 2-0 victory in Game 3, and the impact Tuukka Rask and Dennis Seidenberg had on the game Monday.

Honestly, I think every game is a pivotal game. But we knew the importance of coming back home and having a good effort. We played a lot of hockey in Chicago to make sure we were coming home with a 1-1 series tie. It was important for us to come and have a good game -- especially in front of the home fans.

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McQuaid on father's impact, sharing Cup memories

Sunday, 06.16.2013 / 4:11 PM / Player's Blog with the Bruins' Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid - Special to NHL.com

Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is already a veteran of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including winning a Stanley Cup title with the Bruins in 2011 and approaching 50 postseason games for his career before his 27th birthday.

This postseason, McQuaid, 26, has been a staple of Boston's third defensive pairing, providing a shut-down presence for Claude Julien. In the Eastern Conference Final, McQuaid scored the series-winning goal in a stunning four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

McQuaid has been gracious enough to agree to keep a player blog that will appear on NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

In his latest installment, McQuaid reminisces about the impact his father has had on his career as he arrived home from Chicago on Father's Day.

My hockey relationship with my dad is maybe a little different than a lot of other guys. My dad, Mark, never played organized hockey growing up. He came from a big family and wasn't necessarily fortunate to have that opportunity. But he was always was very supportive of me.

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McQuaid excited to be heading home all even

Sunday, 06.16.2013 / 2:27 AM / Player's Blog with the Bruins' Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid - Special to NHL.com

Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is already a veteran of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including winning a Stanley Cup title with the Bruins in 2011 and approaching 50 postseason games for his career before his 27th birthday.This postseason, McQuaid, 26, has been a staple of Boston's third defensive pairing, providing a shut-down presence for Claude Julien. In the Eastern Conference Final, McQuaid scored the series-winning goal in a stunning four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

McQuaid has been gracious enough to agree to keep a player blog that will appear on NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

In his latest installment, he talks about Boston's thrilling 2-1 victory in overtime of Game 2, his decision to give forward Chris Kelly the team jacket as player of the game and heading back to Boston for the next two games in this best-of-7 series.

Any win is a wonderful win, especially after losing the first one -- obviously. Being tied 1-1 is a better situation than being down 2-0.  Again, a game that goes to overtime and anything can happen, either team can win.  I think Tuukka [Rask] really stood on his head in the first period and really kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win.

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McQuaid getting rest amid attention from Final

Friday, 06.14.2013 / 8:21 PM / Player's Blog with the Bruins' Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid - Special to NHL.com

Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is already a veteran of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including winning a Stanley Cup title with the Bruins in 2011 and approaching 50 postseason games for his career before his 27th birthday.

This postseason, McQuaid, 26, has been a staple of Boston's third defensive pairing, providing a shut-down presence for Claude Julien. In the Eastern Conference Final, McQuaid scored the series-winning goal in a stunning four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

McQuaid has been gracious enough to agree to keep a player blog that will appear on NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

In his third installment, he talks about the intense media scrutiny of the Final and what he and his teammates have been doing during the two off days between Game 1 and Game 2 on Saturday night.

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