Ward remains in hospital after cut

Updated: November 8, 2009, 6:06 PM ET
Associated Press


RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward remained in an Ohio hospital after his leg was cut by a skate, and general manager Jim Rutherford says he could miss up to four weeks.

Ward was expected to remain in Columbus, Ohio, through Sunday and return to Raleigh on Monday for further evaluation by the team's head orthopedic doctor.

Ward didn't fly home after the Hurricanes' 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night because of concerns about the stress of the flight on his injury.

He stretched to make a save while Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash skated through the crease in the first period, and it appeared Nash or a defenseman nicked Ward in the leg with a skate.

Also, the Hurricanes sent forward Zach Boychuk to the team's AHL team in Albany after recording his first career NHL point.

The 20-year-old Boychuk was recalled to Carolina and made his NHL season debut on Friday night against Toronto. The following night, Boychuk recorded an assist on Tim Gleason's third-period goal at Columbus.

Along with the assist, Boychuk had six shots on goal.

While at Albany, Boychuk scored four goals and had five assists in 12 games. He was Carolina's first pick and the 14th overall in the 2008 draft.

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