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Goalie taken to hospital after first period

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodoresuffered a bruised collarbone Thursday night and was pulled
after the first period of a 5-4 overtime victory over the Nashville Predators.

Theodore suffered the injury during pregame warmups when he was
struck by a shot from Pierre Dagenais. He played the first
period against the Predators, surrendered two goals on
just four shots and was replaced by Mathieu Garon.

"It really hurt," Theodore said. "I didn't want to let my team
down, so I decided to play the first period, but then I realized
that I was letting my teammates down. I couldn't go any
further. In between periods, the doctor said you have to go to
the hospital for X-rays."

The X-rays were negative and Theodore was diagnosed with a
bruise.

"It's very swollen and I'm black and blue," he said. "Right
now, they froze the collarbone and the doctor will examine me
again tomorrow. ... I might feel different tomorrow."

The 2002 Hart and Vezina Trophy winner, Theodore is tied for
second in the league with four shutouts while going 12-11-3 with
a 2.21 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.