Lawler bruised after crash into boards

Updated: February 15, 2010, 5:57 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Women's hockey forward Erika Lawler of Fitchburg, Mass., didn't break any bones or sprain any ligaments when she crashed into the boards in the United States 12-1 defeat of China on Sunday. But she was bruised enough to skip practice Monday.

Coach Mark Johnson is optimistic Lawler will play Tuesday against Russia.

Johnson knows Lawler pretty well, too. She played for him at the University of Wisconsin, winning three national championships in four years and captaining the 2009 team.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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