Bruins will wait and see on Peverley

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Bruins will wait and see on Peverley

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.

Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

NEW YORK -- It had the potential to be the most awkward celebration ever.

In the top of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium, before their game was complete, the Red Sox became American League East champions, by virtue of one other division rival -- Baltimore -- coming back to beat another -- Toronto -- in the ninth inning.

That eliminated the Blue Jays from the division race, and made the Sox division champs.

But that ninth inning reversal of fortune was about to visit the Red Sox, too.

Craig Kimbrel faced four hitters and allowed a single and three straight walks, leading to a run. When, after 28 pitches, he couldn't get an out, he was lifted for Joe Kelly, who recorded one out, then yielded a walk-off grand slam to Mark Teixeira.

The Yankees celebrated wildly on the field, while the Red Sox trudged into the dugout, beset with mixed emotions.

Yes, they had just lost a game that seemed theirs. But they also had accomplished something that had taken 158 games.

What to do?

The Sox decided to drown their temporary sorrows in champagne.

"As soon as we got in here,'' said Jackie Bradley Jr., "we quickly got over it.''

From the top of the eighth until the start of the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox seemed headed in a conventional celebration.

A two-run, bases-loaded double by Mookie Betts and a wild pitch -- the latter enabling David Ortiz to slide into home and dislodge the ball from former teammate Tommy Layne's glove --- had given the Sox a 3-0 lead.

Koji Uehara worked around a walk to post a scoreless walk and after the top of the ninth, the Sox called on Craig Kimbrel, who had successfully closed out all but two save opportunities all season.

But Kimbrel quickly allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner and then began pitching as though he forgot how to throw strikes. Three straight walks resulted in a run in and the bases loaded.

Joe Kelly got an out, but then Teixeira, for the second time this week, produced a game-winning homer in the ninth. On Monday, he had homered in Toronto to turn a Blue Jays win into a loss, and now, here he was again.

It may have been a rather meaningless victory for the Yankees -- who remain barely alive for the wild card -- but it did prevent them the indignity of watching the Red Sox celebrate on their lawn.

Instead, the Sox wore the shame of the walk-off -- at least until they reached their clubhouse, where the partying began in earnest.

It had taken clubhouse attendants less than five minutes to cover the floor and lockers with plastic protective sheets. In a matter of a few more minutes, the air was filled with a mix of beer and bubbly.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski wore a goggles and only socks on his feet.

As the spray reached every inch of the clubhouse, David Ortiz exclaimed: "I'm going to drown in this man.''

Defeat? What defeat?