BOSTON — With time winding down to less than 30 seconds remaining in the first period of the Boston Bruins’ 5-2 loss to San Jose tonight at TD Banknorth Garden, Bruins forward Petteri Nokelainen took a high stick to the face from Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle just outside the Sharks’ blue line.
Nokelainen skated to the bench holding his face, and then went to the dressing room with the trainers attending to his right eye. As of a few minutes ago, head coach Claude Julien said Nokelainen was still in the hospital. There was no update available as of 11:15 p.m.
“He’s at the hospital, it’s an eye injury. And again, I don’t think it’s looking good right now,” the coach said.
There was no high-sticking call made on the play, which would have given the Bruins a four-minute man-advantage. Inexplicably, no one saw the play.
“Well, the explanation is nobody saw it,” Julien explained. “And they felt that they thought it was the puck that hit him in the eye. So that’s the explanation I got.”
Nokelainen wasn’t the only Bruins forward to have injury problems during the game. Winger Chuck Kobasew left midway through the second period with a lower-body ailment. He returned for the start of the third but left again after six shifts with an upper-body malady.