BOSTON, MA -- Defenseman Adam McQuaid, who suffered a laceration above his eye during the B's loss to Washington on March 29, will remain out of the lineup against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"I’m feeling pretty good," said McQuaid, who has missed two games. "Everyday is getting better and better and the last couple days have been a big difference just in my eye and the swelling.
"For a couple days it was swollen shut there, so it’s coming around."
His head coach, Claude Julien, said there's no reason to rush McQuaid back to the ice.
"We’re just playing it safe with him," said Julilen, whose Bruins have already clinched the Northeast Division and the second seed in Eastern Conference playoffs. "He would be good to go if need be and he would be playing with a visor, but I think these extra two days will be better for him."
"It was a process to get the swelling down but it’s coming along," explained McQuaid, just minutes before Julien said the defenseman would sit versus the Penguins. "We have lots of bodies so even when I’m feeling well, you got to work your way back into the lineup.
"Things have been going well lately so we’ll see."
However, McQuaid said he remains unconcerned about about his vision.
"I didn’t even realize I was cut right away," he said. "It got swollen pretty quick so it took a few days, even at this point it’s pretty good and I know I can see fine."
McQuaid also admitted that he was relieved to find out he did not have a concussion.
"Yeah definitely," said Adam. "That’s always a concern in situations like that and obviously with some pain that was pretty close to the area that I hit, you kind of question what’s going on but certainly happy it’s only what’s going on."
The blueliner refused to critique the hit by the Capitals Jason Chimera.
"I mean it’s over and done with and you move on from it," said McQuaid. "You know, I didn’t help the situation with the way I kind of turned and he was coming with a lot of speed and was kind of on a change, so there wasn’t much of a hole on the ice.
"I was reading him more coming in on an angle at me as opposed to straight down, so yeah. Just move on."
And, thankfully, the B's will be moving on into the playoffs with McQuaid in tow.