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Bourque, Hamilton getting some Bruins PP looks

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Bourque, Hamilton getting some Bruins PP looks

WILMINGTON, MA Its back to Black and Gold business as usual as the Bruins are being put through their steps by the Bs coaching staff at their longtime practice home at Ristuccia Arena.

A handful of skaters were on the ice for PP drills prior to the entire squad jumping on for a full practice, and it appears that Tyler Seguin, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic formed one unit along with David Krejci and Zdeno Chara manning the points. Rich Peverley and Gregory Campbell also both jumped on with that unit at times during the drills.

"You've got two big bodies and one that's a great shooter in the slot in Horton," said Julien. "The other good is a good big body in Lucic. As you know the quarterback there is probably Seguin, he's got the skill and the one-timer. We thought that five-man unit would be give us a pretty decent power play. We think we've got some personnel in some places this year that we think will give us more."

At the other end newcomer Chris Bourque was on the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand with Dennis Seidenberg and Dougie Hamilton running the points.

It should be an interesting new look for the Bs man advantage if Seguin gets big minutes with the top power play talent, and both Hamilton and Bourque get time with the second unit. As for the lines at practice, they were the exact same as yesterday and should look familiar to anybody that watched the team last season. That being said Claude Julien said he wont be as patient with those lines as hes been in the past given the short 48-game schedule with every game carrying more significance.

Theres no doubt youve got to be a little bit more proactive in regards to changing things up, said Claude Julien. When youve got 82 games sometimes youll tell yourself oh, well give these guys a little bit of time here, theyll get through it and theyll be better. It might be a little bit different with this schedule here.

We may not have time to let them go through their slump or whatever you want to call it. But at the same time its going to be up to me to be a little bit more proactive and find solutions and push those buttons hopefully to our advantage. But its a different dynamic when you look at the situation we are in compared to usual. It goes back to what we said earlier, sprint vs. marathon.

Here are the lines and pairings:

Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin
Bourque-Kelly-Peverley
Paille-Campbell-Thornton
MacDermid-Spooner-Tardif

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Ference-McQuaid
Bartkowski-Warsofsky

Rask
Khudobin

Belichick: Karras stepping in an illustration of why Patriots are good

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Belichick: Karras stepping in an illustration of why Patriots are good

Is it Tom Brady? Is it Bill Belichick? Well, yes and yes. But there are other reasons for why the Patriots are 8-2, obviously, and Belichick highlighted one of them by lauding one of the most unsung players on his 53-man active roster.

What Ted Karras did on Sunday -- filling in against the Raiders as the starting center in place of David Andrews -- was just one of many examples of a player making the most of an opportunity presented to him, Belichick explained.

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"Ted always works hard," he said after the Patriots beat the Raiders, 33-8. "Nobody spends more time at the facility than he does. Training. Preparing. He had an opportunity, and he stepped up and did the most with it. That's what we needed. That's why we have a good team. We have a lot of guys who do that."

Andrews came down with an illness last week and missed the team's final two practices at the Air Force Academy. As the primary fill-in at all three interior offensive line spots, Karras was tapped as the replacement, and he played all 60 offensive snaps for the Patriots in what was his first start since filling in for Shaq Mason during the 2016 season-opener. 

Karras had played just nine snaps going into the game -- all in a blowout against the Broncos the week prior -- but was part of an effort in the trenches that allowed Tom Brady to remain relatively clean for the vast majority of the game. On 38 drop-backs, Brady was pressured just seven times, he was hit three times, and he was sacked only once. And for the second consecutive week, Brady's offensive line was not penalized. 

Considering that Karras wasn't the only fill-in used, the offensive line's performance was all the more impressive. LaAdrian Waddle continued to be the primary replacement for Marcus Cannon, who is dealing with an ankly issue, and when Waddle left Sunday's game briefly on two different occasions then Cameron Fleming took his place. 

"They did a great job to step in like that . . . [Waddle] was battling out there, going against some really good players," Brady said. "It was a great team win. Great by the offensive line. They've really done a great job with the penalty situation, moving the line of scrimmage and so forth. Great protection. We just have to keep it going."

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Former Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn killed in car crash

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Former Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn killed in car crash

Terry Glenn, the Patriots' top draft pick in 1996 who had a tumultous six-year career with the team -- and who also caught the first NFL touchdown pass ever thrown by Tom Brady -- died early Monday morning in a one-car accident in Irving, Texas. He was 43.

Glenn wound up playing 12 years in the National Football League, joining first the Packers and then the Cowboys after leaving the Patriots in controversy in 2001. Glenn was involved in a pay dispute with the team during training camp, had issues with the coaching staff, and was deactivated by Bill Belichick after the fourth game of the year. He wasn't given a Super Bowl ring after the Pats beat the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.

He had earlier clashed with Bill Parcells as a rookie, with Parcells famously referring to Glenn as "she" when he was sidelined with a minor injury. He caught 90 passes for 1,132 yards and six touchdowns in '96 to help the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history; they were beaten by Green Bay in Super Bowl XXVI.

Glenn and Parcells reunited in Dallas in 2003 after Glenn had spent one yeat with the Packers, and he played the remainder of his career with the Cowboys. He had two 1,000-yard receiving seasons in Dallas.

According to reports, Glenn was with his fiance at the time of the accident. She's being treated at a local hospital for unspecified injuries.

He played college football at Ohio State.