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Boychuk suffered lower back injury, will have MRI

Dec 6, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

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On Friday, Boston head coach Claude Julien updated the health of defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who was stretchered off the ice following a hit from Max Pacioretty in a 2-1 loss to Montreal on Thursday night.

Boychuk suffered a lower back injury on the play, Julien said, and will undergo an MRI today. While he’s yet to be officially ruled out of action, it seems unlikely Boychuk will be ready to go when the Bruins host the Penguins on Saturday at TD Garden.

Boychuk, 29, has one goal and six points through 27 games this year and is on pace to set a career-high in assists. He’s averaging 20:19 TOI per game and has emerged as one of the club’s most important blueliners on the penalty kill, ranking second on the team in shorthanded minutes.

Related: Report: No hearing for Pacioretty after boarding Boychuk

  1. stretch61 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    I hope someone in Montreal called 911 to have Pacioretty arrested. Oh wait, that only happens if a Montreal player gets hurt!

    • joey4id - Dec 7, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Do you know that the mayor of Boston in the 70s discussed the possibility of filling criminal charges against Chris Nilan and other players?

  2. amityvillefun - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Just hoping to have him healthy and back on the ice as soon as possible. Get well soon JB55.

    I hope the Bruins rebound from the loss win a win against the Pens on Saturday.

  3. amityvillefun - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    *with a win.

  4. steelers88 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I’m just praying that Boychuck has a back injury and nothing else. He took a nasty hit last night. It sucks. I was looking forward to tomorrows game and now not so much. Evgeni Malkin will be out for the Pens and Boychuck for the Bruins. it’s never fun when two good teams go up against each other the games are always better when all the stars are on the ice.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      its not like its chara…bruins wont miss a beat…their top pairing will still be all over crosby all game.

  5. gallyhatch - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    I hope Boychuck gets better soon, for his own sake as well as the B’s.

    Watching that unfold last night in real time was scary.

    IMO no hearing is necessary for Pacioretty, I don’t think there was intent, and I’m glad none of the B’s went after him. It was a fluke play with a bad outcome.

    I’m surprised his shoulder isn’t hurt considering the way he went into the boards

  6. packerswin96 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    I hope Boychuk is okay, but the hit was clean and should not have been penalized. How Hamilton didn’t get at least 2 minutes for his boarding on Prust is beyond me tho, much worse hit.

  7. nhstateline - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    thought the same thing on Hamilton. How exactly was that a clean hit ?

  8. mp1131211 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I’ll just say this now and hope I’m wrong. Low back is probably much worse than shoulder or even neck injuries (as long as we’re not talking about paralyzing neck stuff- obviously that’s worse). This could end his career or he could be out all year. Hopefully I’m wrong and there is a really clear, distinct mechanism of injury that they can rehab. Best of luck to him!

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