Colborne won't play tonight

BOSTON -- Bruins prospect Joe Colborne returned to the hospital this morning to be examined after he suffered what was first thought to be a broken nose during Wednesday’s rookie game against the New York Islanders at TD Garden.

Providence Bruins coach Rob Murray, who is behind the bench for rookie games, said Colborne was doing better this morning.

“Joe’s a little more positive from what it looked liked last night,” Murray said. “He’s feeling good. At first they thought he broke his nose, but he might not have. I’m not positive on that one. Overall, it’s looking better than it did last night. It’s not as bad as everyone thought.”

After Wednesday’s game, Colborne told Murray he wanted to play tonight.

“He was lucid enough to say, ‘I’m OK to go’ but obviously it looked bad on the ice,” Murray said. “He’ll be OK.”

The 20-year-old forward is one of the top prospects in the Bruins organization and was hit in the face with a teammate's stick in the third period and required stitches to his upper lip and also chipped a tooth. Colborne will not play in tonight’s rookie game.