Mason Raymond took a nasty turn into the boards early in the first period of Stanley Cup Finals Game 6 between his Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins, and it looks as though he could miss a considerable amount of time thanks to the resulting injuries.
Nick Kypreos of Rogers' Sportsnet and Dan Murphy of that same outlet are reporting that Raymond could be out several months with back injuries suffered on the play, where he was taken into the boards by Boston's Johnny Boychuk. Murphy reports via Twitter that "a source close to the Raymond family" has said that he fractured a vertebra on the hit, and that he may not be able to travel back to Vancouver with his teammates.
Here's video of the hit, which has predictably been questioned by a number of people in Vancouver for it's legality.
To me, that's just an awkward hit. We make fun of the phrase "hockey play" but that's exactly what happens here. Boychuk is stopping his man from getting to the loose puck, ties him up with the stick, turns him inside out and rides him into the boards.
It's the funny bent-over position that keeps Raymond from absorbing the hit in a safe way, and instead, his lower back takes the brunt of the impact. Just an unfortunate play. No penalty was called, nor does it seem likely that any suspension will be handed out as a result.
The Canucks have yet to disclose the injury to the public, only confirming that Raymond did in fact go to the hospital during Game 6.
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