The Boston Bruins will be without forward Shawn Thornton for the next 7 - 10 days while he recovers from a concussion.
The injury occurred in the first period of Thursday night's 7-4 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Thornton had only logged 16 seconds of ice time in the game when he got into a fight with Sabres enforcer John Scott. After exchanging several hard blows, Thornton fell to the ice. He served his five-minute major fighting penalty before leaving the game.
Scott said after the game he was concerned for Thornton.
"You never want to hurt somebody," he told masslive.com. "I was kind of concerned after the first period; we never saw him again. You hate to see someone leave the game like that."
The 35-year-old has played in all seven games this season for the Bruins, collecting one goal and 25 penalty minutes. Last year, he signed a two-year contract extension which takes him through the 2013-14 season.