Bruins' Ward may have broken bone

Updated: May 10, 2009, 11:37 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward left Sunday night's playoff game with what team doctors fear is a broken orbital bone after he was punched by Carolina's Scott Walker.

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Bruins coach Claude Julien said the play is "not something they should be proud of." He also suggested that the NHL take a look at the play that occurred late in Boston's 4-0 victory over the Hurricanes in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Ward left the game with 2:47 remaining after Walker punched him in the face. Walker was given a misconduct, a fighting major and an instigator penalty.

Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice laughed off the incident, saying Walker might have sore knuckles. The coach also joked that Walker would have to sell his truck if there was a fine.

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