TORONTO — It’s almost a routine these days. The first period comes, the Bruins lose a defenseman. On Sunday night, it was Dougie Hamilton, gone down the tunnel near the end of the first period, done for the night.
And perhaps longer. After the game, a 5-2 win for the Bruins over the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre, coach Claude Julien said Hamilton was headed back to Boston to be evaluated for a lower-body injury he sustained in the first period. Julien said Hamilton was unlikely to play for “at least a week,” putting yet another blue liner.
“It seems to be normal now,” Torey Krug said. “We’ve played so many games where we’ve dropped a guy, especially early on in a game.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.