Bruins assistant coach hospitalized

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Boston Bruins assistant coach Craig Ramsay was taken to Buffalo General Hospital prior to tonight's game.

He walked out of HSBC Arena on his own and was transported to the hospital along with team physical therapist Scott Waugh. Ramsay was diagnosed with the flu and will not return to the rink tonight.

“He’s doing better and should be ok,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien after the game.“There’s a good chance we’ll see him back here tomorrow.”

With Ramsay out, fellow assistant coach Doug Houda, who usually sits on the press level during games, joined Julien on the bench. Bruins goaltender coach Bob Essensa served as the "eye in the sky" in the press box.

“I have a lot of trust in those other two guys like I do in Craig,” said Julien. “It’s unfortunate and we missed him. He’s a great contributor to our team and he brings that presence and experience. We were hoping to play well enough and win this game for him. I know one thing he saw was a team that worked hard and tried their best.”