Bruin's spleen removed

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins defenceman Matt Hunwick was resting comfortably in his Massachusetts General Hospital room last night, just hours after undergoing emergency surgery to have his spleen removed.

"He is in good spirits and planned to watch the game on TV," Bruins team physician Dr. Peter Asnis told reporters about an hour before the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens took to the ice for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal at the TD Banknorth Garden.

Hunwick apparently suffered the injury while absorbing a body check during the second period of the Bruins' 4-2 victory in Game 1 on Thursday night.

After reporting some minor abdominal pain after practice yesterday, Hunwick was sent to hospital to undergo a CAT scan and blood tests.

KNIFING PAIN

He was back at the Bruins practice facility in Wilmington, Mass., yesterday morning for a team meeting when he was felled by a knifing pain. That's when the Bruins medical staff said: 'Enough is enough.'

The media was cleared out of the dressing room to allow paramedics to cart out a reportedly pale-looking Hunwick on a stretcher to where two ambulances were waiting. Trainer Donnie Del Negro accompanied him to the hospital.

"Our trainers did what was right and called an ambulance," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.

By 1 p.m., Dr. David Berger was performing the surgery on Hunwick. By all accounts, the operation was successful.

While Dr. Asnis did not rule out a return to the playoffs for Hunwick, that is unlikely, given the six-week minimal recovery time.

The incident obviously weighed heavily on the minds of the Bruins.

"It's our job to make sure the team is focused," Julien said. "We're going to be OK. "When the game starts, we will be under control. Matty's going to be fine and be back with us as soon as he can."


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