BOSTON — Adam McQuaid played nine seasons for the Bruins and won a Stanley Cup with them in 2011. So there were a lot of emotions for him to fight back as he returned to Boston for the first time since he was traded to the Rangers in September on the eve of training camp.
“I tried not to think too much about it,’’ he said after the Rangers beat the Bruins, 3-2, on Saturday night. “Obviously, a lot of great memories here and a lot of great friendships, both with guys on the team and people in the city . . . So it was nice to be back. It was a first for me, obviously. I didn’t know what it would be like to play against my former team. But I kind of just tried to settle in and play like I normally would.’’
McQuaid, who led the Rangers with three blocked shots in 17:28 of ice time, was caught a little off guard when the center ice video board played a brief tribute video to him in the first period. The fans and players on both benches stood and applauded.
“It was good,’’ he said with a grin when asked about the video. “It brought me back — I was getting ready for a faceoff, so I couldn’t . . . I had to get right back out in the [defensive zone] there, but I appreciate that and it was nice to see it.’’
David Quinn kept the same lineup as the previous two games, which meant D Brendan Smith was the only healthy scratch. D Neal Pionk (lower body) and C Kevin Hayes (upper body) sat out with injuries . . . Quinn said backup goalie Alexandar Georgiev was sent to Hartford on Friday to get playing time while the Rangers are on break. “You’ve got a young guy, a young goalie, 10 days off isn’t something that we think would be good for his development,’’ Quinn said . . . After the game, D Ryan Lindgren and C Boo Nieves were returned to Hartford. Lindgren, called up Monday after Freddie Claesson was placed on IR with a shoulder injury, played three games with the Rangers. Nieves played in 16 games and had two goals and five assists.