Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was fortunate to avoid serious injury after being hit from behind by Boston Bruins defenceman Dennis Seidenberg midway through the second period of Thursday’s game.
On the tail end of a Blackhawks power-play, Toews went to retrieve a puck in the corner and went face first into the boards when Seidenberg made contact with him.
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Toews was assessed by medical staff after the play, but he remained on the ice and didn’t miss a shift until late in the period when he went to his team’s dressing room prior to the second intermission. Toews, who has 23 points in 29 games, was held out of the third period for precautionary reasons.
Seidenberg was handed a two-minute boarding penalty for the hit.
After the game -- Chicago held on for the 3-2 victory -- Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said Toews seemed to be feeling fine.
"We’ll see how he is tomorrow," Quenneville told reporters. "Looks like he’s going to be all right."