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Bruins’ Gustavsson removed from game versus Ducks with elevated heart rate

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BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 07: Jonas Gustavsson #50 of the Boston Bruins looks on during the second period against the Nashville Predators at TD Garden on December 7, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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The Boston Bruins have provided an update on why goalie Jonas Gustavsson left Tuesday’s game due to illness and was taken to hospital.

From the Bruins:

“Jonas Gustavsson was removed from Tuesday’s game for precautionary reasons due to an elevated heart rate. He was taken to Mass General Hospital and remained there overnight for testing. All preliminary tests came back negative and he was discharged Wednesday afternoon. Jonas is expected to rejoin the team after the NHL All-Star Break pending clearance from the Bruins medical staff.”

The 31-year-old Gustavsson initially started the game versus the Anaheim Ducks, but was taken out of the game following the first period.

This isn’t the first time Gustavsson has been taken out of a game due to an elevated heart rate.

From Postmedia News in February, 2011:

Gustavsson’s heart problems first surfaced during training camp last year, when he experienced dizziness while riding a stationary bike. He underwent a procedure for a heart ablation, but then experienced similar problems during a game in December.

Since then, he has been symptom-free.

The Bruins signed Gustavsson last October to a one-year contract. He has appeared in 163 NHL games since coming into the league with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009-10.