BOSTON, MA - JUNE 13: Christopher Higgins #20 and Ryan Kesler #17 help Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks off the ice after being checked by Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins in the first period during Game Six of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 13, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Mason Raymond Injury Will Sideline Canucks Forward Up To Four Months

Mason Raymond was injured when he was run into the boards awkwardly by Johnny Boychuk of the Boston Bruins early in Stanley Cup Finals Game 6. The Vancouver Canucks forward will miss Game 7 and beyond.

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Mason Raymond Injury: Vancouver Canucks Announce Forward Will Miss Up To Four Months

Mason Raymond injured his lower back when he was ridden into the boards by Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday night. The Vancouver Canucks have announced that it's a vertebrae compression fracture, which likely is about as horrible as it sounds. 

He'll miss three to four months, according to general manager Mike Gillis. That obviously includes Game 7 of the Finals, which will take place on Wednesday night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. 

The idea of a compressed vertebrae makes me want to move to the jungles of Sri Lanka, far from any hockey rink. Ouch. You could tell it was likely something serious as soon as Raymond hit the boards in the opening minute of Game 6. He went in awkwardly, with his lower back taking the brunt of the injury, and with the way he fell to the ice and the confused look on his face, you could tell it was something strange but potentially serious. 

View video of the hit here. 

Raymond went back to the locker room with help from teammates, and after being checked out by team doctors, a stretcher was brought in and he was taken to a Boston hospital. No word on if he traveled back to Vancouver with his teammates on Tuesday, but there were reports that he might not be able to do so. 

Boychuk will not be punished for the hit. 

The Stanley Cup Finals are ongoing, as the Vancouver Canucks battle the Boston Bruins. Stick with this StoryStream for complete coverage of Game 6. For coverage on the Finals, stick with our Stanley Cup Finals hub, our Canucks blog, Nucks Misconduct, and our Bruins blog, Stanley Cup of Chowder.

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Mason Raymond Injury Could Reportedly Sideline Canucks Forward Several Months

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. 

The Stanley Cup Finals are ongoing, as the Vancouver Canucks battle the Boston Bruins. Stick with this StoryStream for complete coverage of Game 6. For coverage on the Finals, stick with our Stanley Cup Finals hub, our Canucks blog, Nucks Misconduct, and our Bruins blog, Stanley Cup of Chowder.

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