Thornton unsure if he'll play in playoffs

Updated: April 4, 2004, 8:56 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forward Joe Thornton couldn't say whether he will be able to play in the season finale on Sunday -- or the NHL playoffs, for that matter.

Speaking to reporters in the Bruins locker room after Boston lost to New Jersey 5-2 without him on Saturday, Thornton refused to give any information about his injury except to repeat the team's official line of "upper body injury.''

"It's pretty much the same as it was on Thursday," he said. "[I'm] a little concerned. Obviously, you want to go into the playoffs healthy."

Thornton said he would continue to ice the injury and test it Sunday before the Bruins play the Devils again. The game could determine whether Boston opens the first round at home or on the road.

Thornton left Thursday's game against the Washington Capitals after taking a slash to his right wrist and falling hard on the ice. Various reports have said Thornton's injury is to his wrist or his ribs.

Pressed on whether his arms are part of his upper body, Thornton said, "Anything from my waist up is my upper body."


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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