Bergeron, McQuaid, Sauve all go down vs. Pens

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Bergeron, McQuaid, Sauve all go down vs. Pens

PITTSBURGH The skeleton crew left on the Bruins bench and the astronomically high ice time totals for Bostons top forwards told the tale of an undermanned, injury-ravaged hockey club.

The Bruins lost three more players and nearly a fourth to injuries in a physically punishing 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center on Sunday afternoon.

Adam McQuaid went down with an upper body injury after a collision with Pittsburgh power forward James Neal in the first period, and never returned after four shifts and 1:59 of ice time.

Patrice Bergeron appeared to get hit in the lower left leg with a Matti Niskanen shot and twice attempted to return to the game before finally heading back to the Bs dressing room following one quick shift in the third period.

Max Sauve suffered a lower body injury in the second period and managed only seven shifts and 3:43 of ice time in his NHL debut playing in place of the injured Benoit Pouliot.

Claude Julien said there werent any plans to send any of the three injured players back to Boston, and thats a good sign. But the injuries to both McQuaid and Bergeron looked like they might lead to short term absences for each. Any absence for No. 37 is something that an undermanned Bruins unit cant afford.

Sauve is lower body. McQuaid as you saw from the Neal hit is upper body. Bergeron blocked a shot, said Julien. Theres nothing more than that right now. I havent been told that anybody is out for a long period of time and thats what basically we have to go on right now.

The next day is when well have a better idea on those bumps and bruises, so well have a better idea tomorrow.

With the Bruins already down four players because of injury, the hope has to be that at least a couple of the Sunday injuries turn out to be relatively minor ones. But theres a lot of hope and a pile of ice bags surrounding a black-and-blue Bs franchise right now, and thats not necessarily a good combination.

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.