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Boston Bruins’ Defenseman Matt Hunwick has spleen removed

It probably resulted from a hit put on him in a playoff game last Thursday night. From AP-

Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick had his spleen removed Saturday but has not been ruled out of the NHL playoffs.

The surgery was done Saturday afternoon, about 2½ hours after Hunwick felt increased pain while the team was together for its morning skate before that night’s second game against the Montreal Canadiens.

“He’s comfortable and he’s recovering in his room” at Massachusetts General Hospital, Bruins team physician Dr. Peter Asnis said before the game. “Spirits are high, feels well, and he’ll be there for a couple of days.”

Asnis said Hunwick, 23, thought he was injured when he was checked during the second period of Boston’s 4-2 win Thursday night. But he said the defenseman didn’t notice any abdominal pain after the game and “had no complaints” during practice on Friday.

Asnis said that when the Bruins learned of his injury, they determined that Hunwick would not play Saturday night.

“It’s possible, depending on his recovery, that he could be back” later in the playoffs, Asnis said, “but that’s something to be determined.”

I’m astonished the playoffs haven’t been ruled out for Hunwick. It’s 8 months since I had open heart surgery. Having your spleen removed isn’t the same, but it isn’t minor surgery.

Get well Matt Hunwick.

Boston beat Montreal last night to go up 2 games to none in their series. I would be surprised if the Bruins don’t get to at least the Eastern Confernce final.

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