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Female fan able to leave under own power

Associated Press

BOSTON -- A fan was struck by a puck during a hockey game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

The female fan, seated behind the side boards across from both teams' benches, was hit in the head when an errant clearing pass by Tampa Bay goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin went over the glass.

The fan was treated before walking out under her own power for further treatment. The woman was taken by ambulance for additional treatment, said Bruins spokeswoman Heidi Holland.

Holland said the ambulance company would not release any information without the patient's permission.

After the woman was struck at 11:02 of the first period, one of the Bruins players grabbed a towel, skated across the rink and threw it over glass into the stands for EMTs to use.

Last month, Brittanie Cecil, 13, was struck in the head by a deflected shot during an NHL game at Columbus. She died two days later from an injury to an artery when her head snapped back.

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