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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Patrice Bergeron needs stitches

By Joe McDonald
ESPNBoston.com

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron was taken to the hospital to receive stitches and X-rays after he was hit in the face by a puck during practice Tuesday morning at Ristuccia Arena.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said the X-rays were precautionary, and he fully expects Bergeron to be ready for Wednesday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

During a drill, defenseman Johnny Boychuk shot the puck around the boards when Bergeron attempted to collect the loose puck. It hit a partition and ricocheted off the glass and hit Bergeron in the face. He quickly dropped his left glove, grabbed the area and skated off the ice.

"You never like to see those kinds of things, eh? Those partitions in the glass are dangerous things," Julien said. "From what I hear right now, it's just stitches. Hopefully that's the only thing he gets."

Boychuk was part of the penalty-killing unit during the drill when he shot the puck around the boards, attempting to clear the zone.

"The puck just hit a partition and then hit him in the face," Boychuk said. "I felt terrible. I'll call him in a little bit."

Bruins forward Milan Lucic also was on the ice during the play.

"It's just one of those things," he said. "The puck hit a divider and unfortunately hit him in the face. He'll be OK."

Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.