TORONTO The Bruins won a game, but might have lost another regular member of their lineup.
Benoit Pouliot was done after two shifts and 1:43 of ice time in the second period with a lower body injury in Bostons 5-4 victory over the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Pouliot assisted on a pair of goals and finished a plus-2 despite only 4:50 of ice time in the Tuesday night victory over the Leafs, and a host of Bs skaters including Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Lane MacDermid took turns filling in for Pouliot once he was finished for the night.
They pulled him out and said it was more a precautionary thing than anything else because it could have gotten worse, said Julien. Its a lower body injury. I dont know how serious it is. We may see him in the next game. Well evaluate him tomorrow and have more on it.
"I dont want to push guys through injuries. Weve got enough guys with injuries right now. Were going to play it safe with Pouliot.
Julien did indicate that the injury wasnt expected to be serious for Pouliot, but anything is a concern when the Bruins are already without a host of wingers including Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley, Daniel Paille and now Pouliot as well.
We need a lot of guys to step up right now. You talk about Horton, you talk about Peverley and now Paille is out. Pouliot didnt finish the game tonight and Andrew Ference is back home. Obviously Tuukka Rask too, said Julien. We just need our team to really grind it out and understand that we may not have our full squad from here on in.
It may be a challenge to win every game moving forward, but those are the kinds of things that build character. Im hoping we can embrace that challenge.
The Bruins might have to call another player up if Pouliot is unavailable for Bostons next home game on Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres.
Its a case of bad timing for Pouliot, who has three points in his last two games and appears to have created some good line mojo with Jordan Caron and Chris Kelly after a long, dry spell.
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.
PATRIOTS 33, RAIDERS 8
"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."
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.