Bruins assistant Ramsay taken to hospital because of flu; expected to rejoin team

Boston Bruins assistant coach Craig Ramsay is expected to rejoin the team for practice on Friday, a day after being taken to a Buffalo hospital, where he was diagnosed with the flu.

“He’s doing better,” coach Claude Julien said Thursday, after Ramsay missed the Bruins’ playoff opener, a 2-1 loss to the Sabres. “There’s probably a good chance we’ll see him back here tomorrow.”

Bruins spokesman Matt Chmura said Ramsay was feeling ill about an hour before the game. Escorted by a Bruins trainer, Ramsay walked under his own power to the ambulance and driven to Buffalo General Hospital, Chmura said.

Assistant Doug Houda, who regularly watches games from the press box, filled Ramsay’s role behind the bench.

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“It’s unfortunate we missed him,” Julien said, noting Ramsay watched the game on TV, though he didn’t say where. “We were hoping to play well enough to win this game for him. I know he saw a team that worked hard and tried their best.”

The Bruins lost despite out-shooting the Sabres 39-32.

Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final series is at Buffalo on Saturday.

Ramsay is in his third season with Boston and was enjoying a sort of homecoming. He previously worked as an assistant coach with the Sabres, and spent his entire 14-year NHL career playing with Buffalo.