RALEIGH — Boston Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward walked into the RBC Center behind me this morning wearing his typical shiny suit. He also wore sunglasses to protect his bruised left eye.

Ward looked ready to hit the ice when the Bruins go through their morning skate at 11:30 a.m. I’ll have official word for you when it becomes available. Ward’s eye was injured when he was punched by Carolina forward Scott Walker near the end of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series Sunday night.

Game 6 is tonight at 7 p.m.

UPDATE: Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed Ward can play tonight and he does not have a fracture.