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Bruins captain has broken cheekbone

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins captain Joe Thornton could return to action Thursday night after his cheekbone was broken in a fight with New York Rangers forward Eric Lindros.

Thornton, Boston's leading scorer, did not travel to New York for Tuesday night's game with the Rangers and was listed as day-to-day. The Bruins are off Wednesday before returning home to face the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

After Thornton was hurt in Monday night's 5-2 Bruins win, Boston general manager Mike O'Connell said he didn't think Thornton would be sidelined for long.

Thornton is expected to play with a face shield when he returns. He has 11 goals and 33 assists, including one of each Monday.