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McQuaid has ankle surgery, done for playoffs

May 4, 2014, 2:02 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins have announced that defenseman Adam McQuaid (right ankle) underwent arthroscopic surgery on May 1.

It will take him eight weeks to recover, which means he won’t be able to return before the end of Boston’s postseason run.

With McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg (torn ACL) sidelined, the Bruins have been leaning heavily on their young blueliners. So far it’s worked as 23-year-old Torey Krug and 20-year-old Dougie Hamilton have combined for four goals, 13 points, and a plus-five rating in seven playoff games.

“There are times when they did get caught, and I’ve got a lot of clips of that if you want,” Bruins coach Claude Julien recently said, referring to the team’s young defensemen. “But that’s how they learn; you have to teach along the way. Because they were allowed to do that, sometimes you learn from your mistakes and get better. … They’re young players who are getting better all the time, and they have learned. That is to their credit.”

Boston rallied from a 3-1 deficit on Saturday to even its series with Montreal at 1-1. Game 3 will be played on Tuesday.

Related:

Seidenberg practices with B’s for first time since ACL tear (Updated)

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