Video: Adam McQuaid whiffs on Richards check, crashes into boards

Greg Wyshynski

Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is a big hitter, and he had Mike Richards of the Philadelphia Flyers lined up near the end of the first period in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Only Richards moved out of the way … and McQuaid crashed viciously into the end boards. This is brutal:

And here's the VERSUS feed:

This is the second time we've seen something like this in 2011, as Troy Brouwer whiffed on a check against the Montreal Canadiens and injured his shoulder.

Photoshop of Mike Richards as a matador in 3...2...

Via WEEI, an update on McQuaid, who was taken to a Philadelphia area hospital for observation:

"Adam is coming back home with us," Julien said. "He's on his way back. He was sent to the hosital for further evaluation. I don't know the [complete] details but he's coming back with us and that's a good sign in itself. Our D did a great job of stepping up."

Indeed it did, as Boston won 3-2 in overtime to take a 2-0 lead over the Flyers.