McQuaid ready for next series

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Injured Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (neck strain) should be able to return to game action and be ready to play at the start of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning later this week, coach Claude Julien said Sunday.

“McQuaid should be back for the start of the series. Things are looking really good for him,” Julien said.

McQuaid was injured in the waning minutes of the first period of Game 2 against the Flyers in Philadelphia when he slammed head-first into the boards. He was taken to the hospital and returned to Boston with the team later that night.

McQuaid began skating on his own last Thursday. In his absence, veteran defenseman Shane Hnidy was in the lineup.