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Nov 26, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) gets set for a face-off during the second period against the New York Rangers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

For the fourth time in their last five games, the Bruins were unable to escape a game without a new injury.

Already (and still) without defensemen Matt Grzelyck and Hampus Lindholm, along with winger David Pastrnak, the Bruins added another name to their ever-growing injury report Tuesday night when defenseman Brandon Carlo was lifted from the team’s 4-2 loss to the Blues after just one period of play.

Deemed ‘unlikely to return’ after playing just 4:48 in the first period, that was indeed the case for the 6-foot-5 defender, and with little available in terms of an update on Carlo after the loss.

“He left, wasn’t feeling good midway through the first,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “My guess is he’ll get re-evaluated tonight or tomorrow, I haven’t heard. I was told he was out for the night. Anything further, I don’t know.”

Asked if that ‘wasn’t feeling good’ was in relation to an injury or an illness, Cassidy noted that he assumed it’s injury related.

Assuming Carlo’s absence extends beyond Tuesday’s loss, and assuming the Bruins don’t get either Grzelcyk or Lindholm back, Jack Ahcan would be the next defenseman up for the Bruins, which would move Connor Clifton back to his natural right side. The 5-foot-8 Ahcan has one goal, along with six hits and three blocks, in five NHL appearances this season.

The Bruins get back to work Thursday night against the Senators.

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