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Devils' Salvador injures wrist, hit by Chara shot

by Mike G. Morreale /

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer said defenseman Bryce Salvador was "pretty banged up" Wednesday after suffering a wrist injury in the second period of a 5-4 loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday at Prudential Center.

Salvador was sent to the dressing room 2:59 into the second after taking a slap shot off the wrist from Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara. Salvador immediately began flexing his hand after getting hit then left with Devils trainers into the locker room.

DeBoer said he will know more Thursday after tests are performed to determine the extent of the injury to Salvador, who has missed one game this season. The Devils next play host to the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

"He's pretty banged up," DeBoer said at his postgame press conference. "When you stand in front of a Chara slap shot, that takes a lot of guts. That's why he's our captain."

Devils goalie Martin Brodeur said he knew Salvador was hurt the minute the puck struck his wrist.

"When it hit him, you could tell right away," Brodeur said. "He tried to move his arm towards his hockey stick, and you can tell how much pain he was in. Chara shoots the puck hard."

Devils defenseman Andy Greene said he is hoping for the best.

"We all know the shot Chara has, and there's Sal putting it on the line," Greene said. "He'll do whatever it takes. I haven't seen or talked to him. Hopefully it's not as bad as we think."


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