Sobotka has sore neck

Bruins forward Vladimir Sobotka did not return to the game after he was slammed into the boards by the Thrashers’ Evgeny Artyukhin in the early minutes of the first period on Tuesday night in Atlanta.

According to Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, Sobotka has a sore neck today, but is feeling better. He will be evaluated today and again Thursday, but is not expected to be available for Thursday’s game against the Lightning.

“I’d say it’s doubtful,” said Chiarelli, who added the team may make a roster move.

It took Sobotka a moment to get to his feet and he was able to skate to the bench on his own after the hit. He was clearly shaken up on the play. Sobotka is generously listed at 5-foot-10 and 183 pounds, while Artyukhin is 6-foot-4, 255-pounds.