Pouliot leaves game with 'lower body injury'


Pouliot leaves game with 'lower body injury'

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.

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

BOSTON – Prior to Saturday’s game, Terry Rozier talked to CSNNE.com about the importance of staying ready always, because “you never know when your name or number is going to be called.”

Like when trailing by three points in the fourth quarter with less than 10 seconds to play?

Yes, Rozier was on the floor in that scenario and the second-year guard delivered when his team needed it.


But Rozier’s fourth quarter heroics which forced overtime against Portland, did not provide that much-needed jolt that Boston needed as the Blazers managed to fend off the Celtics in overtime, 127-123.

For Rozier’s part, he had 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting.

The 15 points scored for Rozier was the most for him since he tallied 16 in a 30-point Celtics win at Orlando on Dec. 7.

But more than the points, the decision by head coach Brad Stevens to draw up a play for him in that moment, a time when most of what Boston does revolves around the shooting of Isaiah Thomas who has been among the top-3 scorers in the fourth quarter most of this season, was surprising to many.

And at that point in the game, Thomas already had 13 fourth-quarter points.

Stevens confirmed after the game that the last shot in the fourth was indeed for Rozier, but Thomas’ presence on the floor was important to its execution.

“He (Thomas) also draws a lot of attention,” Stevens said. “So I think you just weigh kind of … what kind of shot you’re going to get, depending on who it is.”

Rozier had initially screened for Thomas, and Thomas came back and screened for him.

“I was open as soon as I caught … and I let it fly,” Rozier said. “Coach drew up a play for me and it felt good to see the ball go in.”

Being on the floor at that time, win or lose, was a victory of sorts for Rozier.

He has seen first-hand how quickly the tide can change in the NBA for a young player.

After a strong summer league showing and a solid training camp, Rozier had earned himself a firm spot in the team’s regular rotation.

But a series of not-so-great games coupled with Gerald Green’s breakout night on Christmas Day, led to his playing time since then becoming more sporadic.

Rozier, in an interview with CSNNE.com, acknowledged it hasn’t been easy going from playing regular minutes to not being sure how much court time, if any, he would receive.

But he says the veterans on the team have been good about keeping his spirits up, and one in particular – Avery Bradley – has been especially helpful.

Like Rozier, Bradley’s first couple of years saw his playing time go from non-existent to inconsistent. But Bradley stayed the course and listened to the team’s veterans who continued to tell him that his hard work would pay off sooner or later.

Those same words of wisdom Bradley received in his early days, he passes on to Rozier.

“It’s big,” Rozier told CSNNE.com. “He (Bradley) tells me things like that. I felt I was ready for this (inconsistent minutes) after all that he told me. It’s big to have a guy like him that has been through it all with a championship team, been around this organization for a while; have him talk to you is big. It’s always good. That’s why I stay positive, and be ready.”

Which is part of the reason why Stevens didn’t hesitate to call up a play for the second-year guard despite him being a 33.3 percent shooter from 3-point range this season – that ranks eighth on this team, mind you.

“He’s a really good shooter,” Stevens said of Rozier. “I think with more opportunity that will show itself true, but he made some big ones in the fourth quarter. We went to him a few different times out of time-outs, and felt good about him making that one.”

And to know that Stevens will turn to him not just to spell Thomas or one of the team’s other guards, but to actually make a game-altering play in the final seconds … that’s major.

“It helps tremendously,” said Rozier who added that his confidence is through “the roof. It makes me want to do everything. You know defense, all of that. It’s great, especially to have a guy like Brad trust you."