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Bruins' Ward out of Pittsburgh hospital; playing status unclear

PITTSBURGH - Boston Bruins defenceman Aaron Ward, who suffered a neck injury during a 2-1 win over the Penguins on Wednesday night, was released from a Pittsburgh hospital Thursday.

No decision will be made on Ward's playing status until he is checked by the Bruins' medical staff, said Bruins spokesman Matthew Chmura.

Ward left the game after Penguins defenceman Sergei Gonchar raised his arm and stick, accidentally striking Ward in the throat. Ward wasn't bleeding, but had to be helped from the ice. Coach Claude Julien later said Ward was coughing up blood as he was led away.

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