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Kevan Miller takes puck to throat, exits loss vs. Maple Leafs

Just four games into his return to the Boston lineup after missing 11 games with a hand injury, a puck to the throat knocked Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller out of action in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.

The play happened on a shot from the Maple Leafs' John Tavares, and though Miller did his part to finish the shift (which ended with a goal scored on Jaroslav Halak), Miller's discomfort was clear as he departed down the tunnel. From there, Miller was rushed to a Toronto hospital, where he spent the rest of the evening according to B's head coach Bruce Cassidy.

With Miller knocked out of action, the Bruins rolled with a heavy dosage of Connor Clifton, as the NHL rookie finished Monday's effort with 24:36 of time on ice, second only to Torey Krug's 24:57 in the losing effort.

The Bruins will have to hope for a quick recover from Miller, as they remain without defenseman Brandon Carlo (upper-body), Zdeno Chara (knee), Charlie McAvoy (concussion), and Urho Vaakanainen (concussion).