Brian Boucher never saw it coming.
The Canes' backup goaltender was at the end of the bench Friday night, watching the video board above him late in the second period against the Winnipeg Jets., when he heard a puck hit the glass. Then, he said, he was seeing stars.
"I've gotten hit by a stick in the head, right on the forehead, cut me open for 15 (stitches) but never a puck," Boucher said after practice today at the RBC Center. "I'm usually pretty good at putting my arms up but this time I didn't see it."
Boucher said the puck "hit me flush in the temple" but didn't hit bone and didn't cause a cut. Boucher was taken to the locker room for treatment. He kept his gear on but did not return to the bench.
Boucher said had a headache last night but there was little swelling and he was said he was fine today at practice. Canes coach Paul Maurice said Cam Ward would start Sunday's game at Ottawa.
Maurice said defenseman Jay Harrison would not make the trip to Ottawa but that Joni Pitkanen was probable for the game. Pitkanen has been sidelined the last eight games by a foot injury.
Pitkanen did not practice today and Maurice said he was battling some flu-like symptoms. He was kept off the ice to keep him hydrated.
Harrison may have been injured in a collision with Erik Cole during the Montreal game Wednesday, Maurice said. Harrison practiced Thursday but reported the injury after practice and did not play Friday against the Jets.