McQuaid has sprained neck after check backfires

Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid lies on the ice after going head first into the boards during Game 2...

Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid lies on the ice after going head first into the boards during Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Flyers in Philadelphia, Penn., May 2, 2011. (YouTube)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:27 PM ET

BOSTON -- It was an ugly fall.

Boston Bruins rookie defenceman Adam McQuaid took a big run at Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards at the end of the first period Monday night.

McQuaid was looking for a piece of Richards and wound up with a big bite of the boards as Richards sidestepped him and the Bruin went headlong into the wall, falling face first and snapping his head back.

He was down for a while and had to be helped off the ice, favouring a leg in addition to what was surely some wounded pride.

McQuaid spent part of the night at Jefferson Hospital, but returned to Boston with the Bruins on their charter flight after the game.

"He suffered a sprained neck. Everything so far has come out negative," Bruins coach Claude Julien said Tuesday. "So he's a day-to-day player right now."

The play was particularly chilling because it reminded some of the play that saw Travis Roy, a freshman at Boston University in 1995, paralyzed after breaking his fourth cervical vertebra 11 seconds into the first shift of his collegiate career.

If McQuaid, who had been playing on the Bruins' third defence pair, can't go Wednesday night in Game 3 at TD Garden, his place likely will be taken by Shane Hnidy. The only action Hnidy has seen in these playoffs was when he replaced Bruins captain Zdeno Chara in the lineup for Game 2 of the opening round.

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