RALEIGH, N.C. — Though it isn’t much of a surprise given that the Bruins didn’t fly an extra defenseman down to Raleigh with them, Boston Bruins  defenseman Aaron Ward  will suit up and play for the B’s in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Carolina Hurricanes .
The B’s mentioned in the minutes following Sunday night’s Game 6 in Boston that Ward might have suffered a fractured orbital bone following a “sucker punch” from Hurricanes forward Scott Walker  in the final minutes of the third period, and Walker was fined $2500 by the NHL  for the transgression.
But, according to Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli during an interview this morning on WEEI 850’s Dale and Holley show, Ward may actually only aggravated a prior orbital injury to his left eye and he’s expected to play without limitations and without any kind of protective face shield for the 35-year-old blue line battle horse.
“I haven’t worn (a visor) in 16 years,” said Ward. “I’m not going to start now.”
The one real byproduct of the Game 5 fireworks are the introduction of the physical element and the passionate “hockey hate” to a series that had been largely known as Nice Guy Hockey since the drop of the puck in Game 1. The switch to a physical, heated tone is something that favors the Bruins in the series, and it’s a Pandora’s Box that the Hurricanes may regret that they’ve opened if they can’t close out Boston Tuesday night at the RBC Center.