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Bruins' David Pastrnak undergoes thumb procedure after fall

By Sports Desk February 12, 2019

Boston Bruins right winger David Pastrnak underwent a procedure on his left thumb after he fell over when walking out of a sponsorship dinner, general manager Don Sweeney said on Tuesday.

Pastrnak underwent a procedure to repair a tendon and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, at which point the team hope to have a clearer timeframe for his return.

Sweeney was confident the 22-year-old will be back in action before the end of the season.

"After the game on Sunday, David and several of his team-mates attended a sponsorship dinner. At about 11:30 he reported to me … as some of his team-mates were walking to meet their transportation location he simply fell and injured his thumb," said Sweeney.

"He met with the medical staff yesterday and the doctor's called me and it was apparent he needed to have something done right away.

"He was extremely upset, disappointed. He obviously feels he let everybody down despite it being an accident. He was apologetic and it was heartfelt."

Pastrnak was the Bruins' only player in the NHL All-Star game last month. He became the third-quickest player in franchise history to 100 career goals and leads the Bruins in goals (31) and points (66) this season.

The Bruins (31-17-8) are third in the Atlantic Division with 70 points, one behind the second-place Toronto Maple Leafs and one ahead of the fourth-place Montreal Canadiens, who hold the first wild-card spot.

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