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.

Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'


Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'

Malcolm Butler didn't mean any disrespect. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 


When the Patriots corner picked off a Landry Jones pass in the first quarter -- one that was intended for receiver Antonio Brown -- Butler stood up in the end zone, faced the Heinz Field crowd, stuck one arm in the air But and gyrated like someone had attached jumper cables to his facemask. 

He was doing his best to mimick one of Brown's well-known touchdown dances.

"Me and Brown had conversation before," Butler said, "and it was a joke to him once I showed him how I do it. Much love for that guy. Nothing personal."

For Butler, it was the highlight of what was a productive afternoon. The third-year corner was asked to shadow Brown for much of the day, and he held Brown to five catches on nine targets for 94 yards. He also broke up a pair of passes intended for Brown's teammates.

“Stopping Antonio Brown, that’s impossible," Butler said. "You can’t stop him. You can only slow him down. I just went out there and tried to compete today . . . Great players are going to make plays but you have to match their intensity.”
Even on the longest throw from backup quarterback Landry Jones to Brown, a 51-yarder, it appeared as though Butler played the coverage called correctly. 

Butler lined up across from Brown and trailed him underneath as Brown worked his way from the left side of the field to the right. Butler was looking for some help over the top in that scenario, seemingly, but because Brown ran across the formation, it was hard for the back end of the defense to figure out who would be helping Butler. 

Coach Bill Belichick admitted as much after the game. 

"He was on [Brown] a lot the way we set it up," Belichick said. "Look, they've got great players. They're tough to cover. They hit us on a couple over routes, in cut where they kind of ran away from the coverage that we had. 

"The plays were well designed. Good scheme, good thorws and obviously good routes by Brown. They got us on a couple, but I thought we competed hard. We battled all the way. We battled on third down. We battled in the red area. They made some. We made some, but they're good. They have a lot of good players."

And Brown, in particular, is about as close as it gets to unstoppable in the NFL. Butler found that out in Week 1 of last year when he matched up with Brown in his first game as a starter, giving up 9 catches for 133 yards to the All-Pro wideout. 

Though Sunday might not have been perfect for Butler, it was better than that day about 14 months ago. And at times, it was worth dancing about. 

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The tie was the Cardinals' first since Dec. 7, 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976.

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