Bruins say McQuaid out 3-4 weeks

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Boston Bruins' Adam McQuaid goes into the boards during the first period of a NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Boston Saturday, March 16. McQuaid suffered a shoulder strain in a game Tuesday night in Winnipeg. 

The Boston Bruins said Adam McQuaid suffered a shoulder strain when he fell hard into the boards Tuesday night in a game against the Winnipeg Jets.

Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following update today on the Cornwall, P.E.I. defenceman McQuaid:

"Adam sustained a shoulder strain and will return to Boston for further evaluation by the Bruins medical staff. It is anticipated that he may be out 3-4 weeks."

McQuaid and Winnipeg forward Eric Tangradi collided in the corner during McQuaid’s first shift of the game.

That collision knocked the 6-foot-5 blue-liner awkwardly into the boards and his left shoulder appeared to absorb the brunt of the impact.

McQuaid immediately skated toward the Bruins bench while delicately holding his left arm stable, Bruins reporter Joe Haggerty says on the website.

McQuaid went to the Bruins dressing room during the next TV timeout and was ruled out for a return because of an “upper body injury’’.

The Bruins lost the game 3-1.

McQuaid has had a history of neck problems from a series of head-first tumbles into the boards over the last few years.

McQuaid also had offseason surgery for a blood clot in his right arm, but it appears to be unrelated to the issue he was suffering from on Tuesday night.

Organizations: Boston Bruins, Winnipeg Jets

Geographic location: Boston, Winnipeg

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