Claude Julien offered little update on the status of Adam McQuaid following the Bruins’ 2-0 win over the Blues at TD Garden Tuesday. McQuaid left the game in the second period after appearing to take a puck off the right hand/wrist.

Claude Julien offered little update on the status of Adam McQuaid following the Bruins’ 2-0 win over the Blues at TD Garden Tuesday. McQuaid left the game in the second period after appearing to take a puck off the right hand/wrist.

“I still have to see what it is, and even if I do go see I don’€™t think I’€™ll get the total answer,” Julien said. “[Members of the medical staff] have to have a look at him first and assess the whole thing.”

McQuaid was playing in his 20th straight game, which was longer than any stretch he’d played last season. He was limited to 30 games by a lower-body injury last season, which was split into two stretches of 15 games.

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DJ Bean

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It’€™s been rightfully noted here that a lot of the Bruins’€™ wins at home without Zdeno Chara have come against bad teams, so they deserve credit for defeating a very good team at TD Tuesday.

Tuukka Rask earned his first shutout of the season Tuesday.  (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tuukka Rask earned his first shutout of the season Tuesday. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

It’€™s been rightfully noted here that a lot of the Bruins’€™ wins at home without Zdeno Chara have come against bad teams, so they deserve credit for defeating a very good team at TD Tuesday.

Tuesday’€™s game against the Blues could have been a messy affair. The Blues are a well-oiled machine cruising in the much superior Western Conference and had won three straight entering the Garden, but the B’€™s were able to take a 2-0 win (box) against a team leading the Western Conference in points.

What makes the win all the more impressive for the B’€™s was that they did it with more injuries. David Krejci returned to the lineup, but Brad Marchand missed the game with an undisclosed injury, while Adam McQuaid was hurt in the second period and didn’€™t reutn, forcing the Bruins to play most of the game with five defensemen.

The fashion in which the win was accomplished was also impressive. The shorthanded B’s were defensively sound and survived a big third-period push from the Blues as Tuukka Rask earned his first shutout of the season.

The Bruins can take care of their easy games at home, but they also have it in them to beat perhaps the best team in the league right now. Here are four other things were learned Tuesday.

ADAM MCQUAID’€™S HEALTHY STREAK MIGHT BE ON HOLD

Adam McQuaid played in 20 straight games to begin this season, which is a longer stretch of games played than he was ever able to accomplish in his injury-plagued 2013-14 season. That might be coming to an end.

McQuaid left Tuesday’€™s game on his second shift of the second period and did not return. He was hit in the right arm or hand by a Kevin Shattenkirk shot that was blocked by Chris Kelly. McQuaid was shaking his right hand/arm immediately following getting hit. He did not play another shift after that.

The veteran defenseman played two stretches of 15 games apiece last season and did not play again after Jan. 19 due to a groin/quad injury.

MATT BARTKOWSKI HAS GOOD GAMES IN HIM

Kevan Miller was cleared to play in Tuesday’€™s game, but the Bruins opted to keep him in the press box as a healthy scratch against the Blues. Matt Bartkowski stayed in the lineup, playing a second straight game after a mostly positive outing Saturday against the Hurricanes.

Bartkowski was paired with Torey Krug again. He made perhaps the best defensive play of the first period when he stuck with Alexander Steen when the St. Louis blueliner took a pass near the blueline off the rush and took it into the Bruins’€™ zone. Bartkowski stayed with him stride-for-stride and knocked the puck away before clearing it from the zone. That isn’€™t particularly easy to do without having to take a penalty, but Bartkowski’€™s skating and stick allowed him to make the play cleanly.

In the second period, Vladimir was sprung on a breakaway entering the Bruins’€™ zone. Bartkowski couldn’€™t stick with him this time, but dove to poke the puck away. That came after Bartkowski assisted a Torey Krug goal.

The 26-year-old defenseman was also well-positioned in his own zone, a big step in the right direction from his early-season struggles with coverage.

MOST OF PATRICE BERGERON‘€™S GOALS THIS SEASON HAVE COME OFF TURNOVERS

Patrice Bergeron took advantage of a St. Louis turnover when Ian Cole, pressured by Matt Fraser behind the net, blindly reversed the puck. Bergeron jumped on it at the bottom of the right circle and fired it into the net. It was Bergeron’€™s fifth goal of the season, and if it seemed reminiscent of some of his others, it’€™s because it was.

The goal marked the third time this season Bergeron has scored a goal off a turnover in the opposition’€™s zone. Bergeron’€™s first goal of the season came in Detroit after picking off a Jonathan Ericsson pass, while his goal last week against the Devils came off an Eric Gelinas turnover.

TOREY KRUG DOESN’€™T NEED NO STINKIN’€™ SLAP SHOTS

Krug hasn’€™t taken a whole lot of slap shots in his five games since returning from a broken pinky, but a wrist shot paid off in the second period Tuesday.

After taking a pass from Bartkowski, Krug stepped up and fired a wrist shot from just above the left circle that went off Cole and beat Brian Elliot top-shelf glove side. The goal was Krug’€™s first goal since returning from injury and third of the season.

Interestingly enough, Krug does not have a goal on a slap shot yet this season. His goal on Oct. 18 against the Sabres came off a wrist shot, while his power-play tally the next game against the Sharks on Oct. 21 came off a snap shot.

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DJ Bean
Adam McQuaid hopes David Krejci can return to the Bruins' lineup for good. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Adam McQuaid hopes David Krejci can return to the Bruins’ lineup for good. (Elsa/Getty Images)

David Krejci‘€™s in-and-out-of-the-lineup season hasn’€™t been easy on him or the Bruins, but one teammate doesn’€™t have to look too far back to remember what it’€™s like.

“I can definitely relate,” Adam McQuaid said Tuesday. “It’€™s not easy.”

Krejci has missed a total of nine games this season due to what is believed to be a hip injury-turned-somewhere-else-in-the-lower-body injury. He missed the first three games of the season, returned for nine, sat two, played one and sat the last four. He is nearing his latest return to the lineup and is a possibility to play Tuesday against the Blues.

Though the injuries may not be the same, the frustration of coming back into the lineup only to leave it again is similar. McQuaid suffered a lower-body injury in the 15th game of last season and went on to miss eight games before returning to play 15 more. He came up lame again on Jan. 19 against the Blackhawks and, despite thinking at times that he was nearing a return, did not play another game the rest of the season. The team said they were shutting him down for 2-3 weeks in March due to a quad strain, but the setbacks he had piled up and eventually led to him being shut down for the year and given surgery on another area that needing cleaning up in his ankle.

As McQuaid looks back on his 2013-14 and how he can relate to Krejci, he says the frustrating part is thinking you’€™re ready to go only to find out that you aren’€™t.

“When I went through it, you’€™re trying to gauge where you’€™re at, and you take the proper steps and it’€™s like, ‘€˜OK, I feel good.’€™ Then you try the next thing,” McQuaid said. “Until you try the next thing, you don’€™t know. Sometimes it doesn’€™t go as planned, and then the competitive [aspect] — wanting to push yourself to get back a little bit quicker than you should at times –€” probably doesn’€™t help. It takes a little time.”

This season, McQuaid hasn’€™t had to worry about such uncertainty. He’€™s played in all 19 games for the Bruins thus far ‘€” the longest stretch of consecutive games he’€™s had since the lockout-shortened season ‘€” and has been an important part of a blue line that has lost Johnny Boychuk to a trade and has also lost Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller and Torey Krug to various injuries at points.

There was a time while McQuaid was out last season that it appeared he would ultimately be expendable on Boston’€™s back end, but it has become the opposite. McQuaid, who has played 19:55 a night this season, has taken on the opposition’€™s top-six forwards regularly after serving as a third-pairing guy for the vast majority of his first four seasons when in the lineup.

“It’€™s great to be back and a part of things here and being with the guys on a daily basis and being in the same routine,” he said. “When you’€™re not practicing and playing and traveling, you’€™re still at the rink and you still see the guys and stuff, but it’€™s not quite the same. I’€™m really enjoying that part, being back in and being on the ice. Feeling like you’€™re a part of wins is nicer than anything.”

McQuaid can only hope that the similarities between his 2013-14 season and Krejci’€™s 2014-15 season end now. Krejci is the Bruins’€™ best offensive player and has been a point-a-game player with 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his 10 games played this season.

Once Krejci returns, McQuaid has his fingers crossed that everything will be back to normal and that Krejci won’€™t have to experience what McQuaid did a season ago.

“That’€™s the hope,” he said. “I haven’€™t gone into great detail with him about how he’€™s getting along. I mean, we’€™ve talked a little here and there, but again, now is the time if you need the extra time, to take it. At the same time, it’€™s hard. If you’€™re feeling good, you’€™re going to go. If you’€™re feeling good, you’€™re not going to take extra time if you don’€™t feel like you need it. Hopefully when he’€™s back, he’€™s back and back to stay.”

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DJ Bean

Brad Marchand left Bruins morning skate after one line rush and was subsequently declared out for Tuesday’€™s game against the Blues.

Brad Marchand left Bruins morning skate after one line rush and was subsequently declared out for Tuesday’€™s game against the Blues.

Marchand, who missed the final 13:45 of Saturday’€™s game with an undisclosed injury, practiced Monday and was termed “probable” at the time by Julien. Asked whether Marchand’€™s ailment was a concussion or head injury, Julien said it was not.

Tuesday will mark Marchand’s first missed game of the season. In 19 games thus far, Marchand is tied with Carl Soderberg and Seth Griffith for the team lead with five goals.

David Krejci (lower-body) participated in morning skate and centered his regular linemates in Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith. Julien said that the team didn’€™t know yet whether he would be in. Julien added that if a callup was made Tuesday, it would mean Krejci would be out.

Kevan Miller, who is cleared to play, also participated in the morning skate. Julien said the B’€™s will dress seven defensemen in warmups and decide afterwards whether Miller will be in the lineup. Miller has not played since suffering a dislocated shoulder in a fight on Oct. 18.

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WILMINGTON — Brad Marchand missed Monday’s practice, while both David Krejci and Kevan Miller took the ice at Ristuccia Arena.

WILMINGTON — Brad Marchand missed Monday’s practice, while both David Krejci and Kevan Miller took the ice at Ristuccia Arena.

Marchand did not play the final 13:45 of Saturday’s game and also missed the last 6:23 of Wednesday’s game. Following Saturday’s win over the Hurricanes, Claude Julien said that Marchand was “not injured, per se.”

With Marchand absent, Matt Fraser took his place on Patrice Bergeron‘s line.

Krejci, who began skating Friday as he works his way back from a lower-body injury, did line drills with his usual linemates in Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith. Chris Kelly, who has played in Krejci’s place during his absence, returned to Carl Soderberg’s line.

The forward lines in practice were as follows:

Lucic – Krejci – Griffith
Fraser – Bergeron – Smith
Kelly – Soderberg – Eriksson
Gagne – Campbell – Paille

Miller hasn’t played since Oct. 18 due to a dislocated shoulder suffered in a fight on Oct. 18. He had taken what the team called “light contact” leading up to Monday’s practice.

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