Goalie taken to hospital after first period

Updated: December 19, 2003, 2:11 AM ET

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.