Thursday, February 14, 2008


Can Evgeni Malkin (#71 for Pittsburgh) keep his mouth closed?

The good news is that the Bruins went to Pittsburgh last night, and beat the Penguins 2-1. The bad news is that defenseman Aaron Ward left the game with a neck injury.

Ward was accidentally struck by an arm or a stick while on the ice in the 2nd period. Zdeno Chara said "I got there and he was making a choking sound, holding his throat and gasping for air." Ward was taken to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he has stayed as a precaution. He wasn't bleeding, he didn't need a stretcher, but he did cough up some blood. Ward has already been plagued by injury. He's missed 13 games this season with injuries from head (concussion) to toe.

The Bruins desperately needed a win in order to hold onto 8th place in the Eastern Conference. The race for the final playoff spot is extremely close. Sixth to 9th is separated by 2 points, with the Rangers the current odd man out.

Rookies Petteri Nokelainen and Vladimir Sobotka scored the two goals for Boston. Sobotka's was his first in the NHL. The Bruins travel to Toronto to play the Maple Leafs on Saturday.

Associated Press

Photo Credit:

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

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