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Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton. Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

Kevin Hoffman/US PRESSWIRE

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.

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"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.

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