The veteran defenseman will be out of the Boston Bruins’ lineup for six to eight weeks after suffering a broken thumb in Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues, the team announced.
McQuaid left Tuesday’s game with just over 15 minutes remaining in the second period and did not return.
Injuries have hit the Bruins’ blue line hard this season. Zdeno Chara still is out of the lineup with a PCL tear in his right knee and hasn’t begun skating yet. Kevan Miller just recovered from a dislocated right shoulder, and Torey Krug has returned following a broken finger.
McQuaid appeared in all 20 of Boston’s games to begin the season and played well in an increased role with Chara out of the lineup. McQuaid has averaged 19:24 of ice time per game, including 2:09 of short-handed time.
The 28-year-old blueliner missed 52 regular-season games and the entire 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs because of multiple injuries last season. He also missed 16 games in 2012-13, 10 in 2011-12 and 15 in 2010-11.
Miller has been medically cleared to play and likely will enter the lineup in McQuaid’s absence. Dougie Hamilton missed Wednesday’s practice with a virus/flu bug, and his status for Friday’s road game against the Columbus Blue Jackets is not yet known.
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