BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Bruins second-leading scorer Marco Sturm was hit near the eye with the puck in the first period and didn't return in Boston's 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.
After the game, Boston coach Claude Julien said Sturm's eye was at first completely swollen shut, but shortly after was able to open it. Julien said he didn't believe Sturm would miss the Bruins' next game at Atlanta on Wednesday night.
``We didn't want to take a chance at putting him out there,'' Julien said.
Sturm, who has nine goals and 20 points, played four shifts and just over 3 minutes before leaving. After being struck while on the bench, he was helped to the Boston locker room by a trainer.
Sturm has played 28 games this season, his third with Boston after being acquired from San Jose in the Joe Thornton trade in November, 2005.

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