BOSTON (CBS) — One reason why the Bruins were unable to get past the Capitals in the opening round of the NHL playoffs was the absence of defensive stalwart. Now, we officially know why.

McQuaid told reporters Friday at the team’s breakup day that he was indeed dealing with the aftermath of a concussion.

The blue-liner suffered the injury on March 29, when Washington’s Jason Chimera went full speed from his own bench to behind the Bruins’ net to lay a hit on McQuaid. Chimera was given a major penalty for charging, which resulted in an automatic game misconduct. McQuaid left the game and didn’t return.

The initial reports from the Bruins did not specifically say McQuaid had a concussion, only that he wasn’t feeling “quite right.”

McQuaid did return to the ice for one game on April 5, though he skated just 7:00 that night.

McQuaid was unable to play at all during the first-round series against Washington, but he said Friday he’s starting to feel a little bit better.


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