PITTSBURGH (AP) -Boston Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward was taken to a hospital with a neck injury after being hurt early in the second period of a game against the Penguins on Wednesday night.
Ward was not bleeding when he left the ice and did not leave on a stretcher, but the team was not immediately certain of the extent of his injury.
Ward was skating into Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar near the end boards when Gonchar got either his forearm or his stick up and accidentally struck Ward in the neck.
Gonchar was not attempting to hurt Ward and there was no penalty called on the play, which occurred about 4 minutes into the second period.
Ward has four goals and five assists in 43 games for Boston. He missed 13 games with a concussion and had ankle and foot injuries earlier this season.

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