Adam McQuaid looked liked a player who was ready to be back.

After the first period of his first game in eight months, McQuaid already had four hits and two blocked shots in just 6:33 of ice time, spanning nine shifts. He was finally healthy, and finally able to take out the frustration of an injury-plagued season on the Washington Capitals.

“It’s been a while,” McQuaid said. “It definitely felt pretty good to be out there — to be part of a win again. At times I felt pretty good, other times there was a little bit of rust here and there. I’m just trying to start building on things and pushing forward.”

McQuaid suffered through a quad injury for much of last season, and then had ankle surgery when it was clear he was not going to return for the postseason. He spent his summer getting healthy, preparing to compete for a spot on a crowded Bruins blue line.

He took a first step toward reclaiming his job Wednesday, as the Bruins beat the Capitals, 2-0, at TD Garden in their second exhibition game in as many nights.

“I think he came out and tried to make a statement there that he’s ready to play and he wants to be here,” coach Claude Julien said. “I thought he played a real strong game. I gave him high marks for his first game back, and how well he played for his first game back.”

Not that it was all perfect for McQuaid.

“It’s a fast game and if you’re not making decisions quick enough, you’re going to get yourself in trouble and I did that a few times,” he said. “Just not making decisions quick enough …read more