BOSTON (AP/CBS) – Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid could be looking at a suspension for kneeing Ottawa’s Nick Foligno, but he wants to make it clear the penalty was not intentional.
“I played junior with Nick and we’re good friends,” McQuaid said after Boston’s 5-2 win Wednesday night. “Obviously, when we play against each other we compete against one another, but I certainly would never intentionally try and do anything to hurt him or anyone else. I was just kind of pinching in and trying to keep the puck in and he made a kind of a quick move around me and I was just trying to do what I could to get in his way.”
McQuaid was given a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct after he stuck out his leg to trip up Foligno late in the second period. Foligno went to the dressing room but returned before the end of the second to take a shift during the ensuing power play.
“I think Adam was just trying to stop me from getting around him and I don’t think he realized his knee was out that far, and he clipped me,” Foligno said. “I think it looks worse than it was. It was bad but it got me on the leg so I’m happy at least it wasn’t on my knee. My quad’s got a charley horse but that’s about it.”
“It happened kind of like a split second thing; it was definitely a penalty,” said McQuaid. “I’m glad to hear he’s doing good. Like I said, it wasn’t my intent to try and hurt him in that situation.”
The Bruins were already thin on defense without captain Zdeno Chara, who missed his second game with a “lower body” injury. Chara is likely to return Saturday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers, and Boston might need him at that point if McQuaid gets suspended.
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