Florida Panthers goalie Tim Thomas hit Boston Bruins star Carl Soderberg in the head with his stick last night as the Bruins beat the Florida Panthers 6-2, reports ESPN

The incident came about after Soderberg initially hit Thomas when he was going for a rebound. 

Thomas' actions handed him a two minute penalty for high sticking. After the match, Soderberg revealed that he had never been hit in the head before during an NHL clash.

He said: "No, I haven't seen that before. He hit me in the side of the helmet, I'm fine."

And after the match, Bruins coach Claude Julien backed his player after the initial collision between Soderberg and Thomas. 

Julien said: "Carl does that even in practice. That's just his way. I'm not going to say he's reckless, but he has no fear. It's great to see a guy like that, with his size, just go in there and get his nose dirty, and it doesn't matter what time of game. You tell your players to play to the final whistle, and that's what he does."

The Bruins now turn their attentions to their fixture with the Montreal Canadiens, who they play on Friday. The Bruins will be hoping to record their fifth straight victory against the Canadiens.

Meanwhile the Panthers will be hoping for a response on Friday after this setback as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. 

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