MONTREAL Its a good thing they brought an extra forward body on the long road trip.
It appears the Bruins might need journeyman forward Josh Hennessy after Rich Peverley came down with what appeared to be a knee injury in the third period of Bostons hard-fought 4-3 shootout victory over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
Peverley and Habs defenseman Hal Gill appeared to take some knee-on-knee contact in the opening minutes of the final period, and the shifty Bruins forward left the ice down the runway never to return.
Peverley got an assist on Benoit Pouliots circus goal in the second period, but was otherwise held extremely quiet with one shot in 13:07. The one really noticeable event on the ice for the winger was his inability to keep Mathieu Darche away from the net during the Montreal forwards strike in the opening minutes of the second period.
Peverley was wearing ice on his right knee following the game without much of a limp, but Claude Julien said hed have to wait to see how things responded in the 24 hours following the hit.
Weve got a bunch of guys banged up in there, said Claude Julien gesturing to the visiting dressing room postgame. Its too early to update. We know the injury came at the blue line. Well reassess and hopefully be able to give out more information out about it in a day or so.
It doesnt matter so much who youre missing from your lineup as much as its about how the guys you do put out there are going to play.
Time will tell if its Peverley or Hennessy or perhaps another body acquired in trade deadline deals that appear to be close to being finalized that will be Juliens choice to go out and play against Winnipeg on Friday night.