Bruins captain won't play Thursday

Updated: January 22, 2004, 8:07 AM ET
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BOSTON -- Boston Bruins center Joe Thornton will have surgery Thursday on his fractured right cheekbone and is expected to miss at least one more game.

Thornton, injured Monday when he was punched during a fight by Eric Lindros of the New York Rangers, will miss Thursday's game against the Buffalo Sabres and then will be listed as day-to-day, general manager Mike O'Connell said.

Thornton missed Tuesday night's win over the Rangers. The former overall No. 1 draft pick, is Boston's leading scorer with 11 goals and 33 assists in 47 games this season. He was third in the NHL in scoring last season with a career-high 101 points, including 36 goals.

The surgery, which is to stabilize Thornton's cheekbone, will be performed at Massachusetts General Hospital by Dr. Michael Yaremchuk.

"Joe will have this procedure, and we expect that he will be released from the hospital later in the day," said Bruins general manager Mike O'Connell. "He will miss tomorrow [Thursday] night's game vs. the Sabres but will be on a day-to-day status after that."

Lindros' uppercut knocked Thornton out of the game and bloodied his face.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.

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