Bruins' Defenseman Ward Expected to Play

Tucker WarnerContributor IMay 12, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 16:  Aaron Ward #44 of the Boston Bruins takes a shot against the Montreal Canadiens during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs on April 16, 2009 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Canadiens 4-2.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Boston Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward is expected to play in tonight's Game Six of Boston's second-round series with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ward was punched by Scott Walker in the closing minutes of the Bruins' 4-0 victory in Sunday's Game Five.  Ward was feared to have broken an orbital bone, but it appears that is not the case.

Walker, who was fined $2,500 for the punch, had previously stated that he believed an altercation was taking place between he and Ward.

However, Ward said "The moment I saw [Walker's] right hand was when it was about a foot away from my face."  He continued to call the NHL's punishment of Walker "a joke" and called Walker's explanation "a convenient story that the NHL accepted."

Ward was advised by a team doctor to wear a visor, but he has stated he will not.

Carolina currently leads the series three games to Boston's two.  Game Six will take place in the RBC Center in Raleigh.

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