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B's Blueline on the Mend

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- This morning, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien didn't give a definitive answer to the now daily questions about Adam McQuaid's status.

McQuaid & Kampfer
"I’m just waiting for more information before I can even make any decisions on him," said Julien. "He skated again this morning, so he’s really coming around."

But after morning skate, McQuaid said, "I’m actually feeling really good.

"It’s just a been bit of a process to get back to where I am at right now...[but] we’ll see from here.

"I’m not really sure for tonight or anything like that, but I’m feeling pretty good."

The be-mulleted blueliner was also sporting his trademark grin, which had been absent for much of October.

McQuaid, who has played just three games with 0-2-2 totals, admitted that he had been frustrated, particularly because his current injury was preceded by a bout with flu-like symptoms.

"That’s the thing, that there’s been a few different things — being sick before this," said McQuaid. "I’m not really sure what’s causing what [now], so we had to rule out different things, so that’s probably slowing things down a little bit...but I feel good now, so I’m just moving forward."

However, watching hockey has kept him motivated.

"Watching last game, it was nice seeing the guys playing well and get a big win," said McQuaid. "It's not the way I envisioned the start of the season going, but hopefully I'm getting everything out of the way at the start and I'm just trying to stay positive -- there’s still a lot of hockey to be played; just got to get refocused and ready to go."

The defenseman said he'll fall back on his summertime conditioning regimen when he does hit the ice for game action.

"That’s probably the [most] frustrating part, is missing time right at the start of the season," said McQuaid. "You train hard all summer to come in and be ready to go, but I think that I haven’t missed that much time for the most part.

"I’ve been practicing with the guys or riding the bike, so I’m not overly worried."

Back Where He Wants to Be
Steve Kampfer knows about missing time at the beginning of the season. The young defenseman had missed all of the season prior to his re-insertion to the Bruins lineup on Thursday versus Toronto.

"It’s good to come back, especially in a win like we had," said Kampfer. "It was good to get everything going.

"It’s definitely a nice feeling when you come off an injury and you can ease into a game like that and start feeling a little bit better. It’s been something that has gotten better every day, so I’m looking forward to tonight."

But Kampfer didn't really ease into anything -- the blueliner was +2 with an assist in over 12 minutes.

"Yeah. It’s definitely a nice feeling when you get thrown in like that against a team like Toronto who’s a quick team," said Kampfer. "It definitely gets you back up to speed really quick.

"I think [that] for ourselves, we’re a quick team when you practice with us, it’s definitely something that’s going to get you up to speed real quick."

That's good, because the B's will need whomever plays on the Boston blueline to be ready for a potent San Jose attack.

"Well they’re a good team," he said. "They’ve got...good lines that are producing offensively.

"You know they’re a team that’s going to try and grind you out down low, so we’ve got to play solid defensively and move our feet up the ice and try and create some chances."
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